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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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Successional Forest Dynamics

Successional Forest Dynamics

30 Years Following Clearcutting

(p.11) 2 Successional Forest Dynamics
Long-Term Response of a Forest Watershed Ecosystem

Lindsay R. Boring

Katherine J. Elliott

Wayne T. Swank

Oxford University Press

Clearcuts on experimental watersheds provide an opportunity to examine how these large-scale forest disturbances influence various ecosystem processes, including stream hydrology, soil erosion, nutrient cycling, and vegetation diversity and successional patterns. To investigate vegetation diversity and successional patterns in the Watershed 7 (WS 7) clearcut in the Coweeta basin, inventories were conducted 1, 3, 8, 17, 20, and 30 years after disturbance. This chapter synthesizes the long-term results on successional vegetation dynamics, including species composition, species diversity, biomass and nutrient content, functional roles of key dominant species. It also integrates related short-term studies.

Keywords:   watersheds, clearcuts, forest disturbance, ecosystems, vegetational diversity, successional patterns, successional vegetation dynamics

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