Vegetation of Linville Gorge Wilderness, North Carolina
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): C. L. Newell; R. K. Peet
Publication Year: 1998

Cataloging Information

  • Acer pensylvanicum
  • Acer rubrum
  • Appalachian Mountains
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Carya glabra
  • catastrophic fires
  • Cornus florida
  • crown fires
  • distribution
  • disturbance
  • fire frequency
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire scar analysis
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • ground fires
  • Ilex opaca
  • lightning caused fires
  • montane forests
  • mountains
  • North Carolina
  • nutrients
  • pine forests
  • pine hardwood forests
  • Pinus pungens
  • Pinus rigida
  • Pinus strobus
  • Pinus virginiana
  • presettlement fires
  • Quercus alba
  • Quercus coccinea
  • Quercus montana
  • Quercus rubra
  • Rhododendron maximum
  • shrublands
  • sloping terrain
  • soil nutrients
  • soils
  • surface fires
  • topography
  • Tsuga canadensis
  • vegetation surveys
  • wetlands
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 22948
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Species composition and vegetation-environment relationships are described for Linville Gorge Wilderness, a rugged landscape straddling the Blue Ridge escarpment of the southern Appalachian Mountains. A hierarchical classification is presented for 28 community types, which span eight broad vegetation classes. Vegetation classes associated with infertile conditions are most widespread. THERIC OAK-PINE FORESTS dominate ridgelines and upper-slopes. ACIDIC COVE AND SLOPE FORESTS are present, but are limited in distribution. The atypical concentrations of the latter class on high-elevation ridgelines results from underlying nutrient-rich bedrock. Vegetation composition is most strongly associated with soil nutrients, soil texture, and topographic position. The combination of rugged topography, infertile soils, relatively low annual rainfall levels, and lack of anthropogenic disturbance is responsible for the unusual combination of southern Appalachian vegetation communities that characterize Linville Gorge Wilderness. Published by Southern Appalachian Botanical Society. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Newell, C. L., and R. K. Peet. 1998. Vegetation of Linville Gorge Wilderness, North Carolina. Castanea, v. 63, no. 3, p. 275-322.