The relationship between early succession rates and soil properties in the Andrews Experimental Forest, 1999-2000

  • Creator(s): Robert P. Griffiths
  • PI(s): Robert P. Griffiths
  • Originator(s): Robert P. Griffiths
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  • Dates of data collection: Jun 6 1999 - Jul 7 2000
  • Data collection status: Study collection is completed and no new collection is planned
  • Data access: Online
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  • Access constraint: If data used in publication, the PI will be listed as a coauthor. Whenever these data are presented in whatever form, the PI will be acknowledged.
  • Last update: Sep 23 2016 (Version 7)
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Griffiths, R. 2016. The relationship between early succession rates and soil properties in the Andrews Experimental Forest, 1999-2000. H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Forest Science Data Bank, Corvallis, OR. [Database]. Available: Accessed 2024-07-18.
Data were provided by the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest research program, funded by the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research Program (DEB 08-23380), US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, and Oregon State University.
While substantial efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of data and documentation, complete accuracy of data sets cannot be guaranteed. All data are made available "as is". The Andrews Forest shall not be liable for damages resulting from any use or misinterpretation of data sets.

This study represents only one portion of a much larger study involving a wide range of disciplines and several H.J. Andrews Forest researchers. This dataset represents all the soils data collected up through the summer of 1999. In addition, Steve Acker conducted surveys of vegetation and measuring tree growth using cores. Mark Harmon has conducted a survey of coarse woody debris. Future studies could include hydrology and species diversity.

When we compared the soil characteristics between slow and expected recovery sites, the only variables showing significant differences were soil moisture, litter depth and substrate induced respiration (SIR) rates at low glucose concentrations. The litter depth was slightly less, soil moisture lower, and SIR rates higher in the slow sites. When we compared soils in adjacent uncut forests, we found that field respiration rates were lower in forests adjacent to slow recovery sites than to normal sites suggesting that these sites may have inherently lower productivities. We concluded that slow recovery after clear-cutting is most likely related to physical site characteristics; i.e. steepness of slope and aspect. There did not appear to be any difference in soil depth.

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