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Title: Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum) at the Wallisville Lake Project : a review of applicable literature and management considerations
Authors: Beane, Nathan R.
Keywords: Baldcypress
Environmental management
Wallisville Lake (Tex.)
Forested wetlands
Wetland ecology
Salinity
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/EL TR-20-3
Abstract: Changing hydropatterns within the Wallisville Lake Project, near the mouth of the Trinity River in Chambers and Liberty Counties, Texas, have the potential to alter baldcypress forest resiliency. Increasing water levels support saltwater barrier operations while maintaining navigation and recreational access. However, potential impacts of increased water levels on the baldcypress forests are of particular concern because these ecosystems provide unique ecological value and wildlife habitat. The maintenance, succession, and resiliency of baldcypress under various flooding, salinity, and inundation regimes remain poorly defined and pose challenges to resource managers. This report reviews available literature pertaining to salinity and inundation impacts to baldcypress forests. Specific emphasis is placed on the ecological effects of water quality and quantity on the health and persistence of baldcypress. The information gathered in this report is intended to supplement material in the Wallisville Lake Project Water Control Manual to improve management of baldcypress forest conditions and avoid negative ecological impacts. Additionally, this report provides management considerations designed to maintain or enhance baldcypress forests within the Wallisville Lake Project.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/EL TR-20-3
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/11681/36319
http://dx.doi.org/10.21079/11681/36319
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