Klemow, K.M. 1988. PLANT COMMUNITIES OF THE TUBS
NATURAL AREA, LUZERNE COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA. Contributed paper:
Pennsylvania Academy of Science meeting. Abstract: Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of
Plant communities were analyzed in the Tubs Natural Area, located 6 km ESE of Wilkes-Barre, PA, as part of an effort to designate the Area as a County Park. The 1.8 ha. site is located at a mean elevation of 360 m, on the northeast facing slope of Wyoming Mountain. A small stream (Wheelbarrow Run) bisects the site. The overstory, understory and herb layers were sampled during June and July 1987, within thirteen 25' x 25' plots positioned throughout the site. The vegetation within the ravine that is created by the stream is dominated by tree-sized (to 20 m tall) Tsuga canadensis, Betula lenta, Acer rubrum, and Quercus prinus. The shrub and herb layers were poorly developed there. In the areas away from the ravine, the vegetation was dominated by tall Pinus rigida and shrubby Q. velutina, Q. ilicifolia, Q. prinus, A. rubrum, and Castanea dentata. The shrub layer there is dense, and includes small individuals of those species, as well as Vaccinium angustifolium, V. vacillans, Kalmia angustifolia and K. latifolia. The herb layer is also dense and is dominated by Gaultheria procumbens, Pteridium aquilinum, Melampyrum lineare, and Monotropa uniflora. Fire appears to be frequent in the sites away from the ravine, a probably has an influence in species composition and vegetation stature. Community composition in the Tubs will be compared with that on other examined sites in Pennsylvania.
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