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A Comparison of Tree Health Among Forest Types and Conditions at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia

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Abstract:

Fort A.P. Hill's Range and Training Land Assessments (RTLA) program initiated long-term monitoring of installation forests to assess forest health and ensure optimal sustainability of forest resources for military training activities. A subset of forest health indicators developed by the USDA Forest Service Forest Health Monitoring (FHM) and Forest Inventory and Analysis programs were used to assess forest health on Army training lands at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. Indicators of tree crown condition and tree damage condition were taken in forested areas where military training occurs, “tactical concealment areas (TCAs),” and on continuous forest monitoring (CFM) plots established in control stands where military training is absent. A higher percent of trees with high crown dieback, low crown density, and multiple types of stem damage were observed within TCAs than on CFM plots. The results are indicative of possible long-term changes to forest health from military training activities. The FHM forest health indicators proved to be an effective and useful approach to assess tree conditions. South. J. Appl. For. 29(3):143–147.

Keywords: Forest Health Monitoring; continuous forest monitoring; environmental management; forest; forest health indicators; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; military training; natural resource management; natural resources; tactical concealment areas

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of the Army Engineering and Environment, Inc. Fort A.P. Hill VA 22427 Phone: (804) 633-8465;, Fax: (804) 633-8443, Email: Jason_R_Applegate@belvoir.army.mil 2: USDA Forest ServiceNewtown Square PA 19073

Publication date: August 1, 2005

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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