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Harvard Forest Research Project 2022

  • Title: Long-term impacts of hurricane and salvage logging disturbance on the Pisgah Forest
  • Principal investigator: Anthony D'Amato (awdamato@uvm.edu)
  • Institution: University of Vermont (UVM)
  • Primary contact: Anthony D'Amato (awdamato@uvm.edu)
  • Team members: Audrey Barker Plotkin; Olivia Box; David Foster; Shawn Fraver; David Orwig; Emma Sass; Jamie Waterman
  • Abstract:

    This project examines the long-term development of forests on the Harvard Tract following the 1938 hurricane and the influence post-hurricane salvage logging had on the forests adjacent to the old-growth Tract. Much of this work builds upon the decades of long-term data that have been collected on the recovery of the old-growth Harvard Tract from the 1938 hurricane and includes the expansion of these data to areas that were old-growth forests at the time of the 1938 hurricane, but either subsequently harvested or salvage logged. This expansion provides an opportunity to contrast the natural post-disturbance development of the Harvard Tract with areas experiencing post-disturbance management interventions to inform questions regarding the long-term impacts of salvage logging on ecosystem recovery.