RNA: Black Mountain
State: North Carolina
Forest: Pisgah National Forest, National Forests in North Carolina
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Ecological/Physical Description: In the Black Mountain range, highest peaks east of the Mississippi River, visible from highways of Western NC. Lies in watershed of South Toe River.A wide range of elevation lends the area to contain several of the major forest types of the region. Of outstanding interest is the spruce – fir association which is extremely important from the standpoint of timber value and watershed protection. Most of the Fraser fir has been killed by the balsam wooly adelgid.
Physical and Climatic Conditions
Nearest weather station, with distance and direction from RNA: Celo, 5 miles North.
Annual precipitation (type, seasonal distribution):
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Elevation: Max 6,400 feet to min 2,500 feet
Geology and Soils: Very rough mountain land with steep slopes and sharp ridges. Barren and rock outcrops (113 acres), stony rough land, very steep to steep terrain, cliffs with and without lichens.
Aquatic Features: permanent running and intermittent running freshwater as cold springs and streams.
SAF Cover Types (acres):
Red Spruce – Fraser Fir – 34 (542)
White and Red Oak – 53 (395)
Chestnut Oak – 44 (229)
Beech – Sugar Maple – 60 (126)
At Risk Species: Brook trout. (Salvelinus fontinalis)
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Common Mammal Species: Whitetail deer, ruffle grouse, squirrels, raccoon, fox, black bear
Common Bird Species:
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Last Modified: 9/29/2015 by Mary Mallinson Long (email@example.com)