Title

Forest Community Survey At Lycoming Biology Field Station (LBFS)

Item Type

Poster

Location

Elaine Langone Center, Terrace Room

Session

Poster session

Start Date

26-10-2018 8:00 PM

End Date

26-10-2018 9:59 PM

Keywords

Lycoming College, biological diversity, field station, forest community, Clean Water Institute

Description

In 2018, Lycoming College acquired land to establish the Lycoming Biology Field Station (LBFS) along Rt. 87 (Lycoming County). The Lycoming Biology Field Station Inc. is a nonprofit corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Lycoming College. The field station consists of 116 acres with two houses, a barn, outbuildings, two farm fields, forested area, and a section of the Loyalsock Creek. During the summer of 2018, Clean Water Institute (CWI) interns surveyed the field station to analyze tree density and habitat. The Point-Quarter survey uses transects to collect data in the forest community to assess tree diversity and habitat. Ten transects were tracked during this study in different sections of habitat. The College Biology Department intends to use this area for field courses in Aquatic Biology, Ecology, Plant Science, Vertebrate and Invertebrate Zoology, Environmental Biology as well as student research and practica projects. Additional use of the facility will be to support projects associated with the college’s Sustainability Committee, Outdoor Leadership and Education (OLE), Center for Energy and the Future (CEF), Archeology, Clean Water Institute (CWI), Lycoming Environmental Awareness Foundation (LEAF), and in program development in education and other departments. Analysis from 10 transects indicate Sugar Maple (63.3%), Black Walnut (49.5%), and Sycamore (36.3%) have the highest importance values for the tree community. The average density of trees for all transects was 40 trees/hectare (2.47 acres). This study is ongoing and tree assessments will continue to further evaluate the property.

Language

eng

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Oct 26th, 8:00 PM Oct 26th, 9:59 PM

Forest Community Survey At Lycoming Biology Field Station (LBFS)

Elaine Langone Center, Terrace Room

In 2018, Lycoming College acquired land to establish the Lycoming Biology Field Station (LBFS) along Rt. 87 (Lycoming County). The Lycoming Biology Field Station Inc. is a nonprofit corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Lycoming College. The field station consists of 116 acres with two houses, a barn, outbuildings, two farm fields, forested area, and a section of the Loyalsock Creek. During the summer of 2018, Clean Water Institute (CWI) interns surveyed the field station to analyze tree density and habitat. The Point-Quarter survey uses transects to collect data in the forest community to assess tree diversity and habitat. Ten transects were tracked during this study in different sections of habitat. The College Biology Department intends to use this area for field courses in Aquatic Biology, Ecology, Plant Science, Vertebrate and Invertebrate Zoology, Environmental Biology as well as student research and practica projects. Additional use of the facility will be to support projects associated with the college’s Sustainability Committee, Outdoor Leadership and Education (OLE), Center for Energy and the Future (CEF), Archeology, Clean Water Institute (CWI), Lycoming Environmental Awareness Foundation (LEAF), and in program development in education and other departments. Analysis from 10 transects indicate Sugar Maple (63.3%), Black Walnut (49.5%), and Sycamore (36.3%) have the highest importance values for the tree community. The average density of trees for all transects was 40 trees/hectare (2.47 acres). This study is ongoing and tree assessments will continue to further evaluate the property.