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Baseline data for a hydrological restoration of a mangrove forest near Goodland, Florida (2015 - 2017)

January 22, 2018

Mangrove restoration has a strong potential to enhance the services provided by coastal wetlands on a number of Department of the Interior (DOI) managed lands throughout the southeastern United States of America. Services include storm protection, water quality improvement, and biological carbon sequestration. Forest structural attributes including basal area, tree height, and stem density by species are used to calculate above ground biomass and above ground productivity. Percent cover is used to asses the forest canopy health. The data collected for the soils are: bulk density, percent total Nitrogen, percent total Carbon, and selected samples percent total Phosporus. The forest structure plots were placed in three zones; healthy, transition, and dead, along with a reference zone to compare how these plots change over time with the hydrologic restoration. These are pre-restoration measurements.