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Hydrologic Connectivity of Landscapes and Implications for Forest Restoration

  • R. Chelsea Nagy
  • B. Graeme Lockaby
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Part of the World Forests book series (WFSE, volume 15)

Abstract

Streams interact with the landscape through flooding events, erosion, and deposition processes and provide valuable subsidies to riparian zones. Meanwhile, the cumulative effects of disturbances and land use practices within a watershed affect water resources downstream. Forests have long been acclaimed for their rain-bringing capacity and ability to purify water resources. However, less well recognized is the linkage between a forest and increased evapotranspiration and thus lower water yield. Often a critical step to successfully restoring streams and riparian zones is to recreate the hydrological connectivity including a site-specific, realistic flooding regime. Integration of local citizens with land managers and conservationists greatly enhances the potential for long-term success of restoration activities.

Keywords

Forest Cover Particulate Organic Carbon Riparian Zone Riparian Forest Water Yield 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Abbreviations

OM

organic matter

DOC

dissolved organic carbon

POC

particulate organic carbon

NPP

net primary productivity

ANPP

aboveground net primary productivity

CRNWR

Cache River National Wildlife Refuge

NTU

nephelometric turbidity units

N

nitrogen

P

phosphorus

NOx

nitrate plus nitrite

TN

total nitrogen

OC

organic carbon

Notes

Acknowledgments

Funding for this research was provided by Auburn University’s Center for Forest Sustainability.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.School of Forestry and Wildlife SciencesAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA

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