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Water management in wetland forests of the Southeastern United StatesAuthor(s): Ralph A. Klawitter
Source: Joint FAO/USSR International Symposium on Forest Influences and Watershed Management
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Southern Research Station
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DescriptionWater management is being practiced on more than two million acres of wetland forest in Southeastern United States. Most of this work has been accomplished to benefit the timber productivity of the land: acceeaibility, tree growth, site preparation, planting, fire protection, etc. The primary objective of a water man-· agement system on a wetland forest site is to hold sufficient water to fulfill the productivity objectives; surplus water must be remove~ in an orderly manner without damage to other downstream values. Wetland forests are characterized by abundant supplies of water, but vary widely in other attributes. Some are highly productive in their natural state, while others support only degenerate forests. They can be grouped into four categories: Wet Flats, Bays, Swamps and Upland Ponds, and Bottomlands. Water management is a tool which can be used to improve the productivity of millions of acres of wetland forests in the Southeastern United States for wildlife, timber, forage, and water, Its effects should be well enough understood and sufficiently controlled to enable changes in design and shifts in productivity from one resource to another as changing needs demand.
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CitationKlawitter, Ralph A. 1970. Water management in wetland forests of the Southeastern United States. In: Joint FAO/USSR International Symposium on Forest Influences and Watershed Management; 1970 Aug. 17- Sept. 6; Moscow Russia: 19p.
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