CWT-LTER Data Set Summary

Accession: 4027 CWT Research Theme: Population and System Dynamics
Contributors: Barton D. Clinton, John Chamblee
Title: Post-burn study of herbaceous vegetation at Jacobs Branch and Devils Den burn sites, 1990-1994
Abstract: Recent declines in the yellow pine component of pine-hardwood stands in the southern Appalachian Mountains has prompted managers to increase the use of fire as a silviculture tool. This project examines the fell and burn treatment which is designed to remove competing vegetation (hardwoods and mountain laurel [Kalmia latifolia]) to ensure successful establishment of planted eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) and how it affects herbaceous vegetation recruitment.
Key Words: burning, cover, Coweeta LTER, CWT, ecosystem response, fell and burn, fire, forest structure and function, forest succession, herbaceous, LTER, Man and Biosphere Program, North Carolina, Otto, pine restoration, plant ecology, prescribed burning, regeneration, restoration, silviculture, site preparation, Southern Appalachian Forest Ecosystems Project, southern Appalachians, uneven sampling interval, US Forest Service-funded, USDA Forest Service
LTER Core Area: Disturbance Patterns
CWT Themes: Population and System Dynamics
Study Type: Coweeta Terrestrial Study
Study Period: 01-Jan-1990 to 31-Dec-1994
Site References:
ULTRB -- Upper Little Tennessee River Basin, North Carolina, USA
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Data Table: 4027 (Main data table for data set 4027, 2733)

Access: Public (released 01-Feb-2004)

Metadata: Text (ESA FLED), Basic EML, Complete EML

Data Formats: Spreadsheet CSV Text Format, EML-described Text Format, Tab-delimited Text Report with Statistical Summary, GCE Data Toolbox Format, Standard MATLAB Variables Format

Column List:

Column Name Units Type Description (hide)
1 Site none integer Coded variable for sampling site
2 Year YYYY integer Sampling year
3 Treatment none integer Coded variable for treatment type
4 Plot none integer Sampling plot number
5 Subplot none integer Sampling subplot
6 Species none integer Herbaceous species name
7 Herbaceous_species_count Count integer Number of each herbaceous species found at each one meter square plot
8 Percent_cover % floating-point Percent of square meter plot covered by herbaceous species