RNA: Little Laurel Run
Forest: George Washington National Forest, George Washington–Jefferson National Forests
Established: 1938; Acres: 2092
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Ecological/Physical Description: Along Little Laurel Run, a tributary of Dry Creek, headwaters at 3300 feet dropping to 2400 feet. Cove slopes rise sharply to 3500 elevation. Typical Southern Appalachian forest type, comprised of oaks, cove, white pine, hemlock, yellow pine, hardwood forests. No evidence of cutting; coves show little evidence of having been burned, but effects of previous fires are apparent on the steep slopes. All chestnut has been blight-killed; eradication of blister rust (Ribes). Light grazing near the lower end are discontinued leaving conditions natural and undisturbed.
Physical and Climatic Conditions
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Elevation: The headwaters of Little Laurel Run are at an elevation of approximately 3300 feet dropping to 2400 feet where the stream meets Dry River. From the cove the slopes rise sharply to an elevation of 2800 to 3500 feet on the northern, eastern, and western sides.
Geology and Soils: Some areas of shallow stony soil, rock slides, steep slopes and cliffs. Other areas include duff and humus layers on the hemlock and pine forest floor are deep and the soil black and rich as is common in stands of this character. Cove forest soil is rich, moist, and deep, the best on the area.
Aquatic Features: The stream fluctuates considerably but numerous pools furnish sanctuary for the trout during the dry season.
Plant Communities: Hemlock–pine, cove forests
SAF Cover Types (acres):
Chestnut and red oak
Yellow poplar and basswood
White pine – hemlock (50)
Yellow pine – hardwood
At Risk Species:
Common Shrub Species: mountain laurel in pine forests
Common Herbaceous Species:
Common Mammal Species: ruffed grouse, squirrel, bear, deer
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Last Modified: 9/29/2015 by Mary Mallinson Long (email@example.com)