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Young Growth Forest. This site, once used for growing agricultural crops, is now in a transitional stage changing from a field to a forest. Dry soil conditions and bright sunshine allow trees like Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) and Eastern Red Cedar to colonize fields. These trees then permit species like White Ash and Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) to grow and succeed in replacing the earlier species. This process is known as "succession."

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes