Preface.- Introduction to the Fernow Watershed Acidification Study.- Fernow and the Appalachian Hardwood Region.- Soil Chemical Response to Experimental Acidification Treatments.- Soil Water and Stream Water Chemical Responses.- Vegetation and Acidification.- Response of Salamanders to Experimental Acidification Treatments.- Acidification and Nutrient Cycling.- Implications for Forest Ecosystem Sustainability and Resiliency.- Conclusions and Recommendations from the Fernow Watershed Acidification Study.- Appendices.- Index
The Fernow Watershed Acidification Study is a long-term, paired watershed acidification study. This book describes the responses to chronic N and S amendments by deciduous hardwood forests, one of the few studies to focus on hardwood forest ecosystems. Intensive monitoring of soil solution and stream chemistry, along with measurements of soil chemistry, and vegetation growth and chemistry, provide insights into the acidification process in forested watersheds.
The Fernow Watershed Acidification Study is a long-term paired watershed acidification study, undertaken in the central Appalachian mountains of West Virginia, USA. One of the watersheds receives chronically elevated N and S amendments, while other watersheds serve as reference. The Study, which started in 1989, includes research of biogeochemical responses of streams, soils and vegetation, and includes research on effects on salamanders.