Vulnerability of tree species to climate change in the appalachian landscape conservation cooperative

Brendan M. Rogers, Patrick Jantz, Scott J. Goetz, David M. Theobald

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Abstract

Forests of the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative provide critical ecological and management functions. The moist climate of the eastern United States fosters productive stands that store relatively high amounts of carbon; for example, the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (Appalachian LCC) accounts for only 7.6 percent of the contiguous United States but contains 18.8 percent of its aboveground forest biomass (derived from Kellndorfer et al. 2012). The Appalachian Mountains create substantial topographic and microclimatic diversity, and forests in the southern Appalachian LCC have some of the highest levels of endemic mammal, bird, amphibian, reptile, freshwater fish, and tree species biodiversity in the conterminous United States (Jenkins et al. 2015). Forest types vary from commercial pine plantations in the south to temperate hardwoods in the central Appalachians to high-elevation spruce-fir forests in the north.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClimate Change in Wildlands
Subtitle of host publicationPioneering Approaches to Science and Management
PublisherIsland Press-Center for Resource Economics
Pages212-233
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781610917131
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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