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map of ecoregions within U.S.

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:37 am
by sradivoy
Came across this interesting map that shows the various ecoregions within the U.S. that got me thinking. Wouldn't it be more relevant and valuable to organize superlative trees and sites within a given ecoregion that has its own set of distinct growing conditions rather than arbitrary political boundaries of states that only obfuscates rather than accentuates these particular growing patterns. To know the tallest or thickest tree of a given species, or better yet the overall Rucker Index of a specific ecoregion would be far more interesting and relevant than organized by state as currently done by the tree database. Any thoughts? ... ates_(EPA)

Re: map of ecoregions within U.S.

Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:49 am
by tsharp
I think your idea is good. It would give a better method of comparison. I toyed with making comparisons by physiograpic provinces. There are four ones in West Virginia but I soon realized a more refined breakdown would be required. If Gaines McMatin weighed in he would be proponent comparing by soil classification.