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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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Today, forests abound in the southern Appalachians. However, there was a time in the early 1900s when many forests were harvested or cleared so that the land could be used to grow crops or provide pasture. “The forests that have returned may use water differently,” says U.S. Forest Service research ecologist Katherine Elliott.
- Areas of residential development in the southern Appalachian Mountains are characterized by low riparian zone nitrogen cycling and no increase in soil greenhouse gas emissions
Baas, Peter; Knoepp, Jennifer D.; Markewitz, Daniel; Mohan, Jacqueline E.
- Elevated light levels reduce hemlock woolly adelgid infestation and improve carbon balance of infested eastern hemlock seedlings
Brantley, Steven T.; Mayfield, Albert (Bud); Jetton, Robert M.; Miniat, Chelcy F.; Zietlow, David R.; Brown, Cindi L.; Rhea, Rusty
- Impact of air pollution induced climate change on water availability and ecosystem productivity in the conterminous United States
Duan, Kai; Sun, Ge; Zhang, Yang; Yahya, Khairunnisa; Wang, Kai; Madden, James M.; Caldwell, Peter V.; Cohen Mack, Erika; McNulty, Steve
- Water yield following forest-grass-forest transitions
Elliott, Katherine J.; Caldwell, Peter V.; Brantley, Steven T.; Miniat, Chelcy F.; Vose, James M.; Swank, Wayne
- Topography may mitigate drought effects on vegetation along a hillslope gradient
Hawthorne, Sandra; Miniat, Chelcy Ford