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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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Bridging the Gap between Ecosystem Theory and Forest Watershed Management

Bridging the Gap between Ecosystem Theory and Forest Watershed Management

A Synthesis of 30+ Years of Research on WS 7

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(p.229) 14 Bridging the Gap between Ecosystem Theory and Forest Watershed Management
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Long-Term Response of a Forest Watershed Ecosystem
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Jackson R. Webster

Wayne T. Swank

James M. Vose

Jennifer D. Knoepp

Katherine J. Elliott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195370157.003.0014

This chapter provides a synthesis of the more than 30 years of research on Watershed 7 (WS 7) at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory. It argues that findings from WS 7 provide important information on the management of southern Appalachians mixed-hardwood forests. The WS 7 study provides an opportunity to conduct detailed research on the effectiveness of previously established best management practices for forest road construction activities, and to evaluate some new road standards meant to reduce erosion and sediment movement. Water yield responses measured following harvest on WS 7 also support the regional use of a previously derived empirical model for predicting short-term annual flow responses for forest management planning in similar hardwood forests. The chapter concludes with a summary of perceptions of long-term changes in economic values and ecological services in a management context.

Keywords:   Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, watersheds, forest management, mixed hardwood forests

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