Mesophytic Cove Sites

Photo credit: Gary Fleming
Photo credit: Gary Fleming

Diversity and challenges in mesophytic cove sites

Mesophytic cove sites in the Appalachians and associated physiographic regions represent unique opportunities for maintaining, improving, or re-establishing biodiversity that was present prior to anthropogenic disturbance. Many sites also have historical uses that require attention in sustainable management planning. These attributes along with the highly dissected topography, hydrologic complexity, and restricted access impose significant issues to forest operations. Because these sites are highly productive, there can be pressure to harvest and impose timber objectives in these sensitive areas. These attributes make management challenging, and comprehensive and detailed planning is required to ensure operations maintain critical mesophytic attributes and meet management objectives.

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