Aluminum from forest soils can enter streamwater and harm aquatic biota. CFE is working with the U.S Forest Service Northern Research Station, Keene State College, and White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) to understand how this aluminum is liberated in soils and then transported to forest streams. The team includes Scott Bailey (Northern Research Station), Denise Burchsted (Keene State), Carly Ellis (CFE M.S. in Environmental Science & Policy student), Mark Green (CFE and Northern Research Station), and Sheela Johnson (WMNF). This team has led sampling efforts across the WMNF with previous CFE M.S. in Environmental Science & Policy students, and is now in the process of synthesizing the volumes of water aluminum data that the Northern Research Station, the WMNF, and CFE have produced over the past two decades. The end result will be better predictive understanding of aluminum in the streams of the White Mountains, and an ability to manage forests to maintain healthy aquatic ecosystems.
- Thesis project summary by Chris Nealen “The Relative Importance of Watershed Hydrology and Forest Harvest as Controls on the Mobilization of Aluminum in the White Mountain National Forest, NH”