Chesuncook -- Maine State Soil
Chesuncook Soil Profile
|The Chesuncook soil series is a classic Spodosol that
typifies the northern temperate and cool forested regions of Maine. It consists of very
deep, moderately well drained soils on till plains, hills, ridges, and mountains.
Chesuncook soils produce wood fiber used in paper production, saw logs for lumber, and timber for wood products, such as furniture. These soils have a high woodland productivity rating. The most common tree species are red spruce, balsam fir, yellow birch, American beech, sugar maple, white ash, and red maple.
These soils are considered prime farmland where slopes are less than 8 percent and where surface stones have been removed. Small areas are used for potatoes, oats, barley, hayland, pasture, or low-density urban development. It is estimated that Chesuncook soils occur on more than 150,000 acres in Maine. The soils are named after Chesuncook Lake, in northern Maine.
On April 16, 1999, Governor Angus S. King, Jr., signed Legislative Document 592 into law, making Chesuncook Maines Official State Soil.
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