General Site Information
Site ID:US-Slt
Site Name:Silas Little- New Jersey
Tower Team: PI: Ken Clark <> - USDA Forest Service
Elevation (m):30
IGBP:DBF (Deciduous Broadleaf Forests)
Climate Koeppen:Dfa (Humid Continental: humid with severe winter, no dry season, hot summer)
Mean Annual Temperature (degrees C):11.04
Mean Annual Precipitation (mm):1138
Data Products: AmeriFlux BASE Dataset
Data Availability: AmeriFlux BASE:   10 years (Duration: 2005 - 2014)
Data Downloads to Date: AmeriFlux BASE:   206 unique downloads
Data DOIs: AmeriFlux BASE DOI: 10.17190/AMF/1246096
Description:Wildfires, prescribed fires, insect defoliation events and windstorms are the common disturbances in the NJ Pinelands. The oak-dominated forest at Silas Little Experimental Forest was most recently defoliated by Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar L.) in 2006 to 2008, with complete defoliation occuring in 2007. Following this multi-year defoliation event, oak mortality was significant, and resulted in the death of approximately 20 % of the overstory oaks, and a similar reduction in stand biomass. Previous disturbances have included windstorms and earlier Gypsy moth defoliation events in the 1990's. The last major wildfire to occur at and near the Experimental Forest was in 1963. Since then, a number of prescribed fires have been conducted in the vicinity of the Silas Little flux site.
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