Case Study: Provisional, Forested Ecological Sites in the Northern Appalachians and Their State-and-Transition Models
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CitationDrohan, P. J., & Ireland, A. W. (2016). Case Study: Provisional, Forested Ecological Sites in the Northern Appalachians and Their State-and-Transition Models. Rangelands, 38(6), 350-356.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
AbstractOn the Ground • The identification of unique areas of vegetative potential across the Northern Appalachians is complicated by a long land-use history of vegetation management. • We introduce provisional ecological sites and associated state-and-transition models for the region, which can be differentiated by latitudinal drivers of: precipitation and temperature; local parent material and resulting soil differences; and landscape position, slope, or aspect. • Identification of ecological sites and associated States or Phases in the Northern Appalachians provides land managers with quantifiable benchmarks for assessing forest compositional shifts due to natural or anthropogenic disturbance.
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