Community Succession Modeling for Resource Management

by Leonard Pearlstine, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Natl, Coastal Ecosystems Team, Slidell, LA, USA,
Wiley Kitchens, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Natl, Coastal Ecosystems Team, Slidell, LA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85

Abstract: The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is implementing community succession models to forecast the impacts of altered hydrological regimes on forested floodplains and coastal marshes. A pilot project on the Santee River, South Carolina has demonstrated the potential for a 97% loss of bottomland hardwoods in the floodplain following diversion of the river. Artificial levee construction is also an issue in the coastal marshes in the Lower Atchafalaya River Basin, Louisiana where a marsh succession model is being employed.

Subject Headings: Resource management | Hydrologic models | Wetlands (coastal) | Construction management | Forecasting | Estuaries | Flood plains | Rivers and streams | Fish management | North America | United States | South Carolina | Louisiana

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