Ecological team recently spent three weeks collecting soil, vegetation data

By: Paul Robbins Jr

 

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The Tongass ecological inventory team recently spent three weeks collecting soil and vegetation plot data on Northern Prince of Wales Island, in order to improve poor quality inventory from the 1960s. This year’s work caps off three successive years of inventory work on the island, which was the focus because its soil map was old and did not meet the needs for intensive young-growth management. Since Northern Prince of Wales Island contains a high percentage of young growth stands, it will be a key area as the forest transitions from primarily old growth to young growth management.

The crew pushed through rain and karst, and traversed steep slopes and windthrow to produce plot inventories with full plant species list, percent cover, heights, full soil profile descriptions and more. The team consists of Tongass soil scientists Dennis Landwehr, Darin Silkworth, Jacquie Foss, and Jackie de Montigny with botanist Ian Grinter. 





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