Long-Term Impacts of Forest Road Crossings of Wetlands in Pennsylvania

Robert L. Miller, David R. Dewalle, Robert P. Brooks, James Craig Finley

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Abstract

A survey was conducted of 70 forest road crossings of wetlands in Pennsylvania to describe the characteristics of these crossings and to evaluate the long-term impacts of the crossings on habitat quality, channel stability, vegetation, wetland width and channel sediment embedded/less above and below the crossings. Sampling was stratified into five physiographic provinces and three land ownership types. Difficulty was encountered in identifying si tes for the survey especially in the glaciated northwest region and on private and industry lands. The majority of samples obtained were from unglaciated provinces and public lands. Wetlands identified were primarily linear riparian wetlands associated with first- and second-order channels. Crossings encountered were largely gravel-covered culverts used to provide access to adjacent management areas. Only 35 of814 comparisons of mean environmental conditions above and below the wetland crossings were found to be significant. Significant differences that did occur suggested that stream bed fine sediment levels were hi eher, basal area lower, and herbaceous cover higher in the immediate vicinity of some crossin.es simply due to t lie presence of the road and fill banks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-116
Number of pages8
JournalNorthern Journal of Applied Forestry
Volume14
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Forestry
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Plant Science

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Miller, R. L., Dewalle, D. R., Brooks, R. P., & Finley, J. C. (1997). Long-Term Impacts of Forest Road Crossings of Wetlands in Pennsylvania. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry, 14(3), 109-116.