Forest-site relationships in north-central Ohio as determined from General Land Office survey notes

Authors: Linda Barrett*, University of Akron
Topics: Biogeography, Human-Environment Geography, Land Use and Land Cover Change
Keywords: forest-presettlement, Ohio, public land survey
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The purpose of this project was to use the records of the General Land Office (GLO) survey of 1806-1807 to investigate the composition of the forest present before European settlement for a study area covering portions of seven north-central Ohio counties. The location, diameter, and species of trees recorded by the GLO surveyors were entered into a geographic information systems (GIS) database for statistical comparison with site characteristics including elevation, slope, aspect, and a variety of soil parameters. Detailed information about the early nineteenth century forests serve as a baseline against which information about human modification of the landscape can be compared. A detailed map of woodlot locations generated from 2006 lidar imagery provides information about site locations of current wooded areas, which is compared to the modeled species composition of these sites from the GLO notes.

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