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Characterization of high elevation central Appalachian wetlands

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Francl, K.E.; Ford, W.M.; and Castleberry, S.B.

Year Published

2004

Publication

Res. Pap. NE-725. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 26 p.

Abstract

We characterized 20 high elevation wetlands in the central Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia and Maryland, in terms of vegetation, soils, hydrology, and geology. Plant species were distributed along soil chemical (pH, conductivity) and physical (organic matter depth) gradients across sites. Topography and geology appear to explain differences among these wetlands, as reflected by soil and chemistry measures and vegetation distribution. Our work provides substantial quantitative baseline data for these uncommon high elevation wetlands, emphasizing the importance and diversity of these isolated systems.

Keywords

bog; central Appalachian Mountains; fen; geology; hydric soils; hydrophytic vegetation; wetland characterization

Citation

Francl, K.E.; Ford, W.M.; and Castleberry, S.B. 2004. Characterization of high elevation central Appalachian wetlands. Res. Pap. NE-725. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 26 p. https://doi.org/10.2737/NE-RP-725.

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