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    Author(s): Mary Beth Adams
    Date: 2018
    Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-176. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 24 p.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    To better understand the impacts of a changing environment and interactions with forest management options for forest resources, including soil, large long-term experiments are required. Such experiments require careful documentation of reference or pre-experimental conditions. This publication describes the Middle Mountain Long-term Soil Productivity (LTSP) Study, located within the Loop Road Research Area of the Monongahela National Forest, WV. This study was initiated in 1997 and pretreatment soil, vegetation, nutrient cycling, and climatic conditions were carefully documented. The Middle Mountain LTSP Study site is a high elevation site and supports a cherry-maple stand of moderate productivity. There is some variability in soil nutrients and plant diversity across the site prior to the initiation of treatments. This site is generally less diverse than the Fork Mountain LTSP Study site in terms of overstory tree species. Experimental treatments started in 1998, and we continue to monitor this site's response to these treatments.

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    Adams, Mary Beth. 2018. Site productivity and diversity of the Middle Mountain long-term soil productivity study, West Virginia: Pre-experimental site characterization. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-176. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 24 p.


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