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Long-Term Response of a Forest Watershed EcosystemClearcutting in the Southern Appalachians$
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Wayne T. Swank and Jackson R. Webster

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780195370157

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195370157.001.0001

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Stream Macroinvertebrate Response to Clearcut Logging

Stream Macroinvertebrate Response to Clearcut Logging

(p.177) 11 Stream Macroinvertebrate Response to Clearcut Logging
Long-Term Response of a Forest Watershed Ecosystem

J.Bruce Wallace

Damon Ely

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the response of stream invertebrates to clearcut logging. Invertebrates in Big Hurricane Branch (BHB) draining Watershed (WS) 7 (clearcut) and Hugh White Creek (HWC) draining Watershed (WS) 14 (reference) were examined several times starting in 1977, immediately prior to the clearcut and following logging. It shows that total benthic abundance of invertebrates increased in BHB as compared to HWC following logging, and most of this increase occurred in the moss-covered bedrock substrates. Much of this increase in abundance was attributable to the collector-gatherer (C/G) functional feeding group, especially baetid and Ephemerella spp. mayflies.

Keywords:   stream invertebrates, watershed disturbances, clearcut logging, mayflies, Big Hurricane Branch, Hugh White Creek

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