Riparian area harvesting impacts on vegetation composition and diversityThis article is part of a larger document. View the larger document here.
In the southern Appalachians USA, the boundaries of riparian areas are often hard to define. Vegetation is often used as a riparian indicator and plays a key role in protecting water resources, but adequate knowledge of floristic responses to riparian disturbances is lacking. Our objective was to quantify floristic composition and diversity of the riparian communities before (2004) and one, two, and seven years after harvest treatments with varying buffer widths. The treatments were harvest distances of 0 m, 10 m, and 30 m away from the stream edge. Sites were harvested between 2005 and 2006.