The project scope
was conceptualized at an inter-programmatic meeting within the New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection. A consensus was reached that a
suite of bioindicators would prove critical in satisfying State management
goals to enhance air and water quality; to restore ecosystems, sustain
land and natural resource communities; as well as to preserve biodiversity
in the state. The immediate goal was to establish unique baseline terrestrial
communities of known structure in the Pinelands Ecoregion of New Jersey,
then to evaluate the influence of potential environment stressors. Of
particular interest were air deposited nitrogen and its measurable biological
effects on forest ecosystems for long term trends-assessment.
The objective of Year
1 of this study was to determine if ectomycorrhizal fungal species of
trees in the New Jersey pine barrens could serve as a biological indicator
for nitrogen pollution.
report and appendices are available
below in PDF format.
questions regarding this report, please contact Thomas Belton.