Cary Forest Plot Data 1984
This dataset is a contribution to the Cary
Institute of Ecosystem Studies. The Cary Forest Plots were established in 1984
as part of The Cary Vegetation Study, which described the vegetation of the
then Cary Arboretum. The project established 76 permanent plots referred to as
the "Cary Forest Plots". Data collection in the plots was extensive
and included a survey of mature trees, saplings, seedlings, shrubs and
herbaceous species as well as soil analyses, tree ring data and physical
descriptions of each plot. Subsequent re-surveys of the plots were done in 20
of the 76 original plots as part of the Forest Response to Stress and Damage
(FORSTAD) project, which took place over approximately 10 years in the 1990’s.
These surveys included an annual canopy census of trees. Canopy census data
were also collected in other plots studied in the FORSTAD project, including
Nutrient Cycling Plots A & B and in the control plots in the Yellow,
Teahouse grid and the Red, Henry Grid. Another resurvey of 43 of the Cary Forest
Plots was done in 2006 by Dan Katz as part of his Research Experience for
Undergraduates (REU) project and his senior thesis project at Bard College. His
surveys included mature trees, saplings, seedlings, shrubs and herbaceous
species as well as soil analyses. This repository includes Cary Forest Plot
data from the 1984 Cary Vegetation Study.
Institute of Ecosystem Studies furnishes data under the following conditions: The
data have received quality assurance scrutiny, and, although we are confident
of the accuracy of these data, Cary Institute will not be held liable for
errors in these data. Data are subject to change resulting from updates in data
screening or models used.
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