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Mangrove restoration has a strong potential to enhance the services provided by coastal wetlands on a number of Department of the Interior (DOI) managed lands throughout the southeastern United States of America. Services include storm protection, water quality improvement, and biological carbon sequestration. Forest structural attributes including basal area, tree height, and stem density by species are used to calculate above ground biomass and above ground productivity. Percent cover is used to asses the forest canopy health. The data collected for the soils are: bulk density, percent total Nitrogen, percent total Carbon, and selected samples percent total Phosporus. The forest structure plots were placed in...
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SUMMARY FROM ASSOCIATED REPORT: Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass) is an annual grass from Eurasia that has invaded western rangelands. It frequently invades landscapes after wildfire, forming dense stands with fine fuels that shorten typical fire intervals. Thus B. tectorum and wildfire form a positive feedback mechanism that threatens native ecosystems and often impact the rare and endangered species those ecosystems host. It is not an understatement to say that B. tectorum is among the greatest threats to conservation in the intermountain west. Elimination of B. tectorum from the landscape is unrealistic with current technology. Instead, we must learn to manage rangelands so as to minimize the dispersal and establishment...
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Synopsis: This study monitored the response of a species of pine bark beetle, Trypodendron lineatum, to direct and indirect measures of habitat availability in a forest subjected to various levels of harvest intensities. Four stand types (conifer dominated, mixed, deciduous dominated, and deciduous dominated with conifer understory) were treated with four levels of harvest intensity (unharvested, 50%, 80%, and 90% harvested). Prior to harvest, the pine bark beetle was most abundant in stands with many host trees (conifer dominated stands). In the first and second summers after harvest, pine beetle abundance increased exponentially with percent spruce cover and the number of spruce stumps in the stand. Beetles were...
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We conducted vegetation surveys concurrently with elevation surveys at every fourth elevation point (~25% of the elevation points) (Figure 5). We visually assessed percent cover of all plant species within a 0.25 m2 quadrat, and recorded the average and maximum height (measured to the nearest centimeter) of each species. Total plant cover in a plot could exceed 100% due to vegetation layering. Vascular plant nomenclature generally follows Baldwin et al. (2012) and Cook et al. (2013). We located 69 tidal wetland species in 2,154 vegetation plots across the nine estuaries in the study. Common species included Carex lyngbyei, Sarcocornia perennis, Distichlis spicata, Deschampsia cespitosa, Juncus balticus and Potentilla...
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SUMMARY FROM ASSOCIATED REPORT: Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass) is an annual grass from Eurasia that has invaded western rangelands. It frequently invades landscapes after wildfire, forming dense stands with fine fuels that shorten typical fire intervals. Thus B. tectorum and wildfire form a positive feedback mechanism that threatens native ecosystems and often impact the rare and endangered species those ecosystems host. It is not an understatement to say that B. tectorum is among the greatest threats to conservation in the intermountain west. Elimination of B. tectorum from the landscape is unrealistic with current technology. Instead, we must learn to manage rangelands so as to minimize the dispersal and establishment...
Synopsis: This study tested the null hypothesis that densities of mammalian populations are constant over patches of varied size. In other words, performance as estimated by density does not covary with patch area. Researchers used a composite database from published studies and found that densities of 20 out of 32 species did not vary with patch area. Five species showed increasing density-area relationships and seven species showed decreasing density-area relationships. Landscapes comprised of smaller, less isolated patched tended to have negative density-area relationships and landscapes with large, more isolated patched tended to have positive density-area relationships. These results indicate that there are...


    map background search result map search result map Distribution of bark beetle, Trypodendron lineatum in a harvested landscape Vegetation Surveys, All Field Sites, 2012-2014 Baseline data for a hydrological restoration of a mangrove forest near Goodland, Florida (2015 - 2017) BLM REA MBR 2010 Estimated Percent Cover of Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass) BLM REA CBR 2010 Estimated Percent Cover of Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass) Baseline data for a hydrological restoration of a mangrove forest near Goodland, Florida (2015 - 2017) Distribution of bark beetle, Trypodendron lineatum in a harvested landscape Vegetation Surveys, All Field Sites, 2012-2014 BLM REA MBR 2010 Estimated Percent Cover of Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass) BLM REA CBR 2010 Estimated Percent Cover of Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass)