This timely book is a "must-have" for anyone involved with wetland conservation, in particular bottomland hardwood forests, a habitat in which over 50% of our nation's inventory has been destroyed. Authored by recognized experts, the book thoroughly covers the ecological processes in bottomland hardwood forests and relates these processes to human activities. Chapters include original research into ecological processes, discuss impacts of human activities on flood plain ecosystems, and examine human perceptions of bottomland values and management strategies for ecosystem restoration and conservation. The book focuses on impact assessment and management, featuring local sites and ecosystems, as well as the processes in larger areas, such as watersheds and hydrological basins.
James G. Gosselink Center for Wetland Resources Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803 Lyndon C. Lee L. C. Lee Associates, Inc. 3016 W. Elmore Street Seattle, Washington 98199 Thomas A. Muir Division of Endangered Species and Habitat Conservation U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Washington, D.C. 20240
Preface, Contributors and participants, 1 Introduction, SECTION I. THE ECOLOGY OF BOTTOMLAND HARDWOOD FORESTS, 2 Bottomland hardwood forests: their functions and values, 3 Growth and yield, nutrient content and energetics of southern bottomland hardwood forests, 4 Potential nitrate leaching losses and nitrogen mineralization, in an Atlantic coastal plain watershed following disturbance: preliminary results, 5 Importance of bottomland forest zones to fishes, and fisheries: a case history, 6 Composition and regeneration of a disturbed river floodplain forest in South Carolina, SECTION II. CUMULATIVE IMPACTS IN BOTTOMLAND HARDWOOD FOREST ECOSYSTEMS AND LANDSCAPES, 7 Federal statutes and programs relating to cumulative impacts in wetlands, 8 Gauging the cumulative effects of developmental activities, on complex ecosystems, 9 Cumulative impacts of bottomland hardwood forest conversion on hydrology, water quality, and terrestrial, Wildlife, 10 The Texas/Oklahoma bottomland hardwood forest protection program, SECTION III. REPORTS OF WORKGROUPS IN THE EPA-SPONSORED BOTTOMLAND HARDWOOD FOREST WORKSHOPS, 11 Bottomland hardwood forest ecosystem hydrology and the influence of human activities: the report of the hydrology workgroup, 12 The use of soil classes to delineate transition zones in bottomland hardwood forests: the report of the soils, Workgroup, 13 The effect of developmental activities on water quality functions of bottomland hardwood ecosystems: the report of the water quality workgroup, 14 Composition and productivity in bottomland hardwood, forest ecosystems: the report of the vegetation workgroup, 15 The ecological significance to fisheries of bottomland hardwood system: values, detrimental impacts, and assessment: the report of the fisheries workgroup, 16 The relationship of human activities to the wildlife function of bottomland hardwood forests: the report of the wildlife workgroup, 17 Human activities and ecological processes in bottomland hardwood ecosystems: the report of the ecosystem workgroup, 18 Analysis of impacts of site-altering activities on bottomland hardwood forest uses: the report of the cultural/ recreational/economic workgroup, 19 The regulation and management of bottomland hardwood forest wetlands: implication of the EPA-sponsored workshops, Appendix A. Sources of information, mapping, and classification, for bottomland hardwood ecosystems