Description of the Fork Mountain long-term soil productivity study: site characterization
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Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-323. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 40 p.
The effects of air pollution and timber harvesting on soil resources continue to be an important issue in eastern hardwood forests. This publication describes the Fork Mountain Long-term Soil Productivity Study (LTSP), located on the Fernow Experimental Forest, WV, and the pretreatment stand, soil and climatic conditions. Extensive vegetation surveys, biomass determinations, site characterization, and analyses of soil physical and chemical characteristics are described herein. The Fork Mountain LTSP site is, based on most metrics, a highly productive site with vegetative diversity typical of most second growth Appalachian hardwood forests. Other than relatively low soil nutrient levels, site characteristics suggest few problems with regeneration. Based on soil characteristics, the site may be susceptible to leaching of base cations as a result of high levels of acidic deposition. Productivity and nutrient characteristics, particularly calcium, varied across the site spatially, but are accommodated in the experimental design. We continue to monitor the response of this ecosystem to these treatments. Values in Table 15, on page 19, were corrected on Feb. 10, 2011.
Keywordsdiversity; acidic deposition; eastern hardwoods; Appalachian forests
Adams, Mary Beth; Burger, James; Zelazny, Lucian; Baumgras, John. 2004. Description of the Fork Mountain long-term soil productivity study: site characterization. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-323. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 40 p. https://doi.org/10.2737/NE-GTR-323.