Disturbance and Community Development

by Frank W. Judd, Pan American Univ, South Padre, Island, TX, USA,
Robert I. Lonard, Pan American Univ, South Padre, Island, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


This paper reports on the recovery of nearshore vegetation after Hurricane Allen in 1980, change in roadside vegetation throughout a year, and the early re-establishment of vegetation in removal experiments. In six years neither cover nor species richness has been restored to prehurricane status in all topographic zones. Roadside transects showed marked increased in vegetation from May through October, but little evidence of significant net increase in cover for the year. Reestablishment of vegetation in removal experiments was modest in most topographic zones and there was no single initial colonizing species or suite of species common to all topographic zones.

Subject Headings: Topography | Vegetation | Highway engineering | Hurricanes and typhoons | Nearshore | Highways and roads | Barrier islands | Texas | United States

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