Next stop…Emmaus (reblog)
Now that we’ve finished locating all of the trees in the Lehigh Experimental Forest, it’s time to start working on our next study site–a location about 20 minutes away, close to the Emmaus South Mountain Preserve.
The idea with this second forest site is to have a null model–that is, what would have happened if the forest wasn’t planted in such an unusual arrangement? We are looking at how/if the original planting arrangement affected the composition of the forest 100 years later. To get a good comparison, we need a forest that has almost the same factors playing into its development as we have in the LUEF.
First, this includes similar abiotic factors–slope, aspect and elevation. Then we need to think about forest history–both the forests need to be a secondary
regrowth of approximately the same age with relatively little
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