The Wachusett Mountain State Reservation, near Rt. 2, north of
Worcester, includes the highest elevation in Massachusetts east
of the Connecticut River, and an estimated 7% of the state's
old growth forest. There is also a ski area.
Don Lubin and Ray Abair have conducted a systematic census
of the pteridophyte flora growing in the Reservation.
We have found 44 taxa, including 7 that had not previously been reported
and one new record for Worcester County.
(These are starred on the common names list.)
In the survey, the area is subdivided into twelve sectors, mostly
with roads as boundaries. The chart displays the abundance of
each taxon in each of these sectors.