Long-term forest monitoring program for Mammoth Cave National Park

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dc.contributor.advisor Badger, Kemuel S. en_US
dc.contributor.author Taylor, John E. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-ky en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:37:59Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:37:59Z
dc.date.created 1997 en_US
dc.date.issued 1997
dc.identifier LD2489.Z78 1997 .T39 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/185973
dc.description.abstract A long-term forest monitoring program was initiated at Mammoth Cave National Park (MCNP). The objectives of this project were to establish baseline data on the representative forest community types at MCNP based on dominant tree species. Permanent monitoring plots were established in different forest community types throughout the park. A total of 32 permanent plots were established for a combined sample area of 11.4 hectares. All stems larger than 5 cm dbh were measured and mapped within each permanent plot. Data on saplings were also collected. Distributions and abundances were determined for all species in permanent plots and combined for community type summaries. Stand tables were generated for four stem diameter size categories for each permanent plot. Stand analyses included calculation of values for species in four size categories.The results describe the forests of MCNP in various stages of succession. There is a trend toward increasing dominance of shade tolerant species in several of the community types. Species composition is in transition from the dry site, shade intolerant species in the canopy to shade tolerant species in the understory. Corpus f lorida, Acer saccharum, Fagus grandifolia, and Acer rubrum are prominent species in the understory and sapling layers. Early successional species continue to dominate heavily or recently disturbed locations on karst and dry upland sites. Juniperus virginiana is the dominant species in three of the seven community types sampled. The Hemlock and Beech-Maple Communities, Community Types II and VIII, appear to be maintaining their present species compositions and community structures. These are successionally "mature" forests, and include some of the most ecologically important areas of the park. However, Betula alleghaniensis is not reproducing in the Hemlock ravines community type, the only sites where this species occurs. Ailanthus altissima, an invasive exotic tree, was found in several of the areas sampled.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Biology
dc.format.extent 1 v. (various foliations) : ill., maps (some col.) ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Trees -- Kentucky -- Mammoth Cave National Park. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Forest ecology -- Kentucky -- Mammoth Cave National Park. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Forest management -- Kentucky -- Mammoth Cave National Park. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Forests and forestry -- Kentucky -- Mammoth Cave National Park. en_US
dc.title Long-term forest monitoring program for Mammoth Cave National Park en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.S.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1041910 en_US


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