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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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Recovery of Particulate Organic Matter Dynamics in a Stream Draining a Logged Watershed

Recovery of Particulate Organic Matter Dynamics in a Stream Draining a Logged Watershed

A Pressing Situation

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(p.156) 10 Recovery of Particulate Organic Matter Dynamics in a Stream Draining a Logged Watershed
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Long-Term Response of a Forest Watershed Ecosystem
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Jackson R. Webster

E. F. Benfield

Stephen W. Golladay

Matthew E. McTammany

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195370157.003.0010

Watershed (WS) 7 at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory was logged in 1977. The stream draining this watershed, Big Hurricane Branch, was affected in many ways. While the stream has recovered in some characteristics, the continuing press disturbance limits many aspects of recovery. This chapter reports the long-term pattern of recovery of the organic matter dynamics of this stream. It suggests that Big Hurricane Branch will show signs of altered ecological structure and function until the riparian forest returns to its predisturbance state. Even with eventual forest recovery, stream recovery is expected to show a significant temporal lag.

Keywords:   watersheds, Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, logging, stream drainage, Big Hurricane Branch, organic matter dynamics

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