Secondary Succession

Ecosystems undergo secondary succession following some artificial or natural disturbance such as a forest fire or farming. In 1850, Connecticut was almost entirely open land cleared for farming or timber. Today, Connecticut has been mostly reforested through the process of secondary succession as farming has left the state since the 1800's.

This photo shows three successional stages. Click on one of these three areas:

  • The trees in the background.
  • The area on the right behind the fence, in front of the trees.
  • The area in the foreground, in front of the barbed wire fence.

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