Soil Carbon, Earthworms and Land-Use
History in 18 Vermont Managed Forests
Earthworm Fact Sheet (2016)

Carbon Methods

Summary of Results

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Research Sites:
Coolidge SF
Emerald Lake SP
Green Mountain NF
Groton SF
Hinesburg TF
Jericho RF (JRF)    
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NP

Starksboro TF
Steam Mill Brook WMA
Sterling TF
The Waterworks Property
Willoughby SF

    Soil carbon serves as a major reservoir for carbon storage in forests. Yet there is much unknown about how soil carbon varies with different soil and forest types, and much less known about how managing forests influences positive or negative changes in soil carbon.  There are now at least two long-term soil monitoring experiments established in unmanaged forests in Vermont that will be an invaluable resource for studying the effects of regional and global change. 

    In this study we have established high quality reference plots on sites that have a management plan that includes harvest. The sites will serve as pre-harvest references; after re-sampling post-harvest, data can then be analyzed as an aggregate of all sites, or by forest community type, to monitor the overall impact of harvesting on forest soil carbon. These plots will provide the necessary link between the many atmospherically derived forest changes, and those created through forest management.
Funding: NSRC THEME 1:  Sustaining Productive Forest Communities:  Balancing Ecological, Social and Economic Considerations

Abbreviations: NF =  National Forest, NP= National Park, RF = Research Forest, SF= State Forest, SP= State Park, TF= Town Forest, WMA= Wildlife Management Area
Map of Research Sites in Vermont 
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WIL SMB GRO STK and SKR SQU and GAR STE and STS JER (JRF) HIn and HIR WAT MBR PCB NIN EML NFS Last Update: December 8, 2010