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Evaluation of Forest Community Composition, Structure, and Succession Nineteen Years After Planting the Cajun Electric Site, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana

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The objective of the investigators of this research is to evaluate the species composition, forest structure, and successional trends in bottomland hardwoods nineteen years after planting at the former Cajun Electric site near Evelyn, Louisiana. Factors to be evaluated include: survival of direct seeded and planted seedlings, density, basal area, canopy structure and composition, subcanopy, shrub, woody vine, and herbaceous layers. This may be accomplished through random sampling of 200 1/10 acre plots located and marked by GPS. As a result, an understanding of species diversity, soil and hydrology factors and community composition, weather impacts, as well as existing and invasive species compositions may be obtained through this study. 


Principal Investigator:  Patterson, Bill  --  Forestry
Collaborators:  Ross, W.
Funding Agencies:  US Fish and Wildlife through Wildlife Habitat Council
Amount Awarded:  12,000

Start Period:  12/01/2013 End Period:  08/31/2014
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