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Quantifying the role of National Forest system lands in providing surface drinking water supply for the Southern United States
Forests and water are inextricably linked, and people are dependent on forested lands to provide clean, reliable water supplies for drinking water and to support local economies. This publication provides details at the landscape level about how much of their water supply southern communities receive from federal, state and private forest lands. These results highlight the need for conservation and management of southern forests to ensure clean and dependable water supplies in downstream communities.
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In the densely populated southeastern U.S., forested watersheds are particularly important to drinking water supplies. Recent estimates show that southern forests deliver surface drinking water to some 48.7 million people, with streams from the mountainous Southern Appalachian region alone providing water supplies to 10 million, many of them living in major cities such as Atlanta, Georgia.
- Variations in canopy and litter interception across a forest chronosequence in the southern Appalachian Mountains
Brantley, Steven T.; Bolstad, Paul V.; Laseter, Stephanie H.; Oishi, A. Christopher; Novick, Kimberly A.; Miniat, Chelcy F.
Precipitation partitioning in short rotation bioenergy crops: implications for downstream water availability.
Caldwell, Peter; Miniat, Chelcy F.; Aubrey, Doug; Jackson, Rhett; McDonnell, Jeff; Krauss, Ken W.; Latimer, James S.
- Long term records provide insights on the relative influence of climate and forest community structure on water yield in the southern Appalachians
Caldwell, Peter; Miniat, Chelcy Ford; Brantley, Steven; Elliott, Katherine; Laseter, Stephanie; Swank, Wayne
- Declining water yield from forested mountain watersheds in response to climate change and forest mesophication
Caldwell, Peter V.; Miniat, Chelcy F.; Elliott, Katherine J.; Swank, Wayne. T.; Brantley, Steven T.; Laseter, Stephanie H.
- Restoration of southern Appalachian riparian forest affected by eastern hemlock mortality
Elliott, Katherine; Miniat, Chelcy F.; Knoepp, Jennifer; Crump, Michael A.; Jackson, C. Rhett