Vegetation dynamics

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Abstract

A disturbance can be defined as 'any relatively discrete event in time that disrupts ecosystem, community, or population structure and changes resources, substrate availability, or the physical environment' (Pickett and White 1985). Vegetation dynamics are a function of the temporal and spatial patterns of the disturbance regime. Natural disturbance regimes support the highest biological diversity; therefore, forest management practices that most closely mimic natural disturbances are expected to sustain the highest biological diversity within a given area (Denslow 1980). In southern forested wetlands, flooding is the dominant disturbance factor, thus plant species are usually distributed along a gowing-season flood gradient (Franz and Bassas 1977).

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Vegetation dynamics
Series number GTR-SRS 38
Year Published 2000
Language English
Publisher U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station
Publisher location Asheville, NC
Contributing office(s) National Wetlands Research Center
Description 3 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype Federal Government Series
Larger Work Title The Coosawhatchie Bottomland Ecosystem Study: a report on the development of a reference wetland
First page 29
Last page 31
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