In 2016 and 2017, blogger and photographer Erika Zambello launched a road trip to visit as many LTER sites as possible. Erika visited the Coweeta LTER site and posted 3 blogs about her experiences.
Beginning in the 1970’s, researchers at Coweeta began an experiment that sought to quantify how much different forest ecosystem processes would shift after a disturbance, and how quickly they would bounce back to their pre-disturbance state. The team clear-cut trees from an entire watershed in the study region and constructed new logging roads to simulate the typical timber harvest methods of the time.
A new video on the YouTube channel Untamed Science, shows how the research at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory contributes to studying questions related to drinking water quality and watershed yields. The video entitled "How to Get Good, Clean Drinking Water: The Big Picture Approach" shows a journalist's visit to the lab to witness firsthand the unique and long-term research conducted by USDA Forest Service scientists.
E. Fred Benfield, a long time Coweeta LTER investigator, was recently honored by Virginia Tech for 45 years of service. Fred is one of the co-founder's of Virginia Tech's Stream Team/Ecosystem Research Group which is a collection of biology professors and students who study different aspects of ecosystem ecology.
In May 2016, the Coweeta LTER in partnership with the City of Asheville, NC’s Water Resources Dept. installed three environmental sensor stations to monitor soil moisture, soil temperature, and air temperature in ridge, side-slope, and cove locations. The sites were established above the Beetree Reservoir in eastern Buncombe County. The stations are located within an 8900 hectare forested and protected watershed that is the drinking water supply for the City of Asheville, North Carolina.
A recent study by Coweeta LTER investigators reconfirmed what has become a well-known truth; forested riparian zones improve stream quality by maintaining cooler water temperatures, wider and more natural stream chanels, and provide woody debris that creates cover and complex habitats for aquatic animals like fish, salamanders and invertebrates. The study was conducted on streams within the Upper Little Tennessee River Basin in the Southern Appalachians and compared streams with surrounding forestland riparian zones to those in the midst of pasture or grassland.
In November 2015, the Coweeta LTER began a collaboration with the Bent Creek Experimental Forest by establishing three environmental sensor stations to monitor soil moisture, soil temperature, and air temperature in ridge, side-slope, and cove locations. Bent Creek Experimental Forest is part of the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station and is located in Asheville, NC. Bent Creek is the oldest experimental forest in the East, established in 1925 to study rehabilitation of cutover, degraded forests. Research in this 5,500 acre forest has expanded to study the ecology and productiv
We are partnering with LTLT, Southern Appalachian Raptor Research program, and Balsam Mountain Trust to host a "Migration Celebration" at LTLT's Tessentee Bottomland Preserve this Saturday, October 10th. From 9-11am we will be catching and banding migrating songbirds and from 11am - 1pm I'll be leading a Monarch tagging/butterfly catching and release event.
In December, approximately 50 5th graders visited Coweeta to present the results of their weather research projects. The students also toured Coweeta's Climate Station 1, a weir, and the Analytical Laboratory. Read more in CompassLive.
A new book edited by U.S. Forest Service emeritus scientist Wayne Swank and Virginia Tech professor Jack Webster and pubished by Oxford University Press brings together findings from more than 30 years of collaborative research by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program on the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory.