Summary: In: Forest Ecology Research Horizons ISBN: 1-60021-490-8
Editor: Nole C. Verne, pp. 147-166 © 2007 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
INTERACTIONS BETWEEN LANDSCAPE FEATURES,
DISTURBANCE AND VEGETATION IN FREQUENTLY
BURNED APPALACHIAN OAK FORESTS
Stephen A. Signell1
and Marc D. Abrams 2*
Adirondack Ecological Center, SUNY Environmental
Science and Forestry, 6312 State Route 28N, Newcomb, NY 12852.
307 Forest Resources Building, School of Forest Resources,
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, 16802 USA
Disturbance regime and topographic features can exert a strong influence on
vegetation dynamics. Here, we present a case study illustrating how repeated fire and
rocky landscape features interact to influence the distribution and regeneration of tree
species in the central Appalachian Mountains of the eastern USA. Forests in this region
have undergone profound forest changes since European settlement, in part because