31 Jul '18, 4pm

Once degraded, West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest is restored to glory

Once degraded, West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest is restored to glory

of the central Appalachians. Today their extent is reduced to only a small fraction of their original range—mostly in high elevation forest patches —due to intensive logging, fire and land use changes. However, the red spruce ecosystem remains important, providing many valued benefits, such as upland water storage, soil carbon sequestration, and habitat for threatened, endangered, and sensitive species like Cheat Mountain salamanders and Virginia northern flying squirrels . "Different soils have the ability to store different amounts of carbon, and Appalachian soils have the potential to store a lot of carbon for the long-term if managed correctly. There is evidence of this in the soil profiles under the historic red spruce ecosystem," according to Stephanie Connolly, soil scientist at Monongahela National Forest, at Barton Knob on top of Cheat Mountain, during our visit. ...

Full article: http://www.wri.org/blog/2018/07/once-degraded-west-virgin...

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