Long-Term Response of a Forest Watershed Ecosystem: Clearcutting in the Southern Appalachians

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Long-Term Response of a Forest Watershed Ecosystem: Clearcutting in the Southern Appalachians Authors: , Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Oxford University Press Inc
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Pages: 272 Illustrations and other contents: 66 line art, 18 halftone Language: English ISBN: 9780195370157 Categories: , , , , , , , , ,

This latest addition to the Long-Term Ecological Research Network series gives an overarching account of the recovery and management of a forest watershed ecosystem. It synthesizes and cross-references important and rare-to find, long-term data in 14 chapters that deal with the hydrologic, biogeochemical, and ecological processes of mixed deciduous forests. The data is representative of the entire U.S., and shows the effects of commercial clearcutting using examples from the Southeastern U.S. and a range of East coast forests. It includes responses of both forest and stream components of the watershed and provides unique insights into the interrelationships between the effects of natural disturbances (floods, droughts, insects, and disease, etc.) versus management disturbances. Clearly illustrating the importance and need for long-term research to evaluate recovery processes of long-lived ecosystems, the work will serve academics, professionals, and students seeking to understand more fully the effects of forest-cutting on forest and stream ecosystems.

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"No serious student of forest hydrology or ecology can survive long without encountering the name "Coweeta." The Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in North Carolina has rightly become world-famous across a broad spectrum of environmental science. It is well over 20 years since the last compilation of Coweeta research appeared in book form, and this volume provides a very welcome update." --Professor Tim Burt, Durham University "Forest watershed research is reaching an age when some long-term trends - or the lack of them - can be evaluated. Aside from its great value as a synthesis of a comprehensive long-term research project in and of itself, this volume is a welcome scientifically objective investigation of the long-term effects of forest harvesting. This volume should reside on the bookshelves of scientists (both basic and applied), educators, policy makers, and environmental advocates." --Dale Johnson, Emeritus Professor, University of Nevada "This volume is a most compelling case on the value and necessity of long-term research on ecological patterns and processes. Findings summarized here are applicable way beyond the ecology and management of southern Appalachian hardwoods, by providing a framework on improving both economic and ecological values with appropriate forest management practices." --Donald J. Leopold, Chair, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, SUNY-ESF

Author Biography

Wayne T. Swank is Scientist Emeritus, Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, USDA Forest Service, and Adjunct Professor at both the University of Georgia and Clemson University. Jackson R. Webster is Professor of Ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech, which is officially Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.