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Ecological Values and Ecosystem Services of Natural Forests: A Study of Prince William Forest Park, Virginia

dc.contributor.advisorSullivan, Josephen_US
dc.contributor.authorDawson, Allenen_US
dc.description.abstractAbstract The Urban Forest Effects (UFORE) model developed by the USDA Forest Service quantifies the ecological benefits of urban forests. UFORE has been used to analyze many urban areas, including National Park land in Washington, D.C., but has not been applied to natural forests. We conducted a UFORE analysis of Prince William Forest Park for species composition and individual tree characteristics including tree height, DBH, canopy architecture, and general tree health, collecting data during the 2007 field season. The results show that the park contains over 6,287,000 trees and these trees store 394,000 tons of carbon with an annual net sequestration rate of 12,300 tons. This forest also abates 414 tons of air pollution annually. These results quantify and affirm to policymakers and the public the value and ecological importance of the forests managed by the National Park Service surrounding metropolitan Washington, D.C.en_US
dc.titleEcological Values and Ecosystem Services of Natural Forests: A Study of Prince William Forest Park, Virginiaen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentPlant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA)en_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledNatural Resource Managementen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEnvironmental Studiesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEnvironmental managementen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledclimate changeen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledecosystem servicesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledNational Parksen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledurban forestryen_US

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