- Patrick, David A.
The Center for Adirondack Biodiversity, Paul Smith's College
With changes in ecological and socioeconomic factors shaping the Northern Forest, ecological monitoring is needed to ensure continued forest health. We designed a monitoring system based on two existing protocols and trialing this protocol in the Adirondack Park (AP). Our goal was to provide a protocol to inform adaptive management, and to beeer understand changes in health of the Northern Forest in response to multiple agents of change. Our objectives were to: 1) adapt the monitoring protocols of the NPS Inventory and Monitoring (IM) Program and USFS Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program to detect changes in patterns of focal taxa and abiotic indicators; and 2) test our conceptual framework by evaluating the effects of an intensive harvest of American beech (Fagus grandifolia Ehrh.) on forest structure.