Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Plot Disturbance From Recent Storms
While visiting my twenty-five plots this past week, I observed that nearly twenty-five percent of them had been effected by recent wind and snow storms. Here in University Park, PA we received a record snowfall this October 15th. It was the earliest recorded snowfall with standing accumulation and it caused lots of damage to trees. In the Hartley Wood there were many large trees and branches downed from the weight of the snow. Some of this woody debris fell onto my sampling plots and made it impossible for me to thoroughly investigate those areas. I will not be including collections from this past month in any statistical analysis of the plots. This should eliminate any skewing effect caused by the reduction in sampling for these effected plots. The image to the top left shows a sampling plot in the early part of October. The image to the bottom left is the same plot post storm with debris covering the entire area of the plot.