This collection, a collaboration with the United States Forest Service (USFS), contains the sample data of over 60 white oak trees from Vinton Furnace Experimental Forest, Vinton County, Ohio. The study highlights two sites from the forest — Arch Rock and Watch Rock.
The data collection includes dendrochronological information such as fire scar information and growth ring information, which point to historic forest dynamic trends as well as current oak forest management angles. The data also includes the ages and geographic coordinates of each tree. Trees were cut down in 2005. Samples had their rings counted in 2005 and were measured in 2022. Data reveals how different periods of anthropogenic activity seemingly affected forest dynamics through both fire occurrence and tree growth releases.
The images in the gallery are the cross-sections to which the data files apply.
About the researcher: Peter G. Butterfield earned a master's degree in biology in 2023 from the University of Dayton. After graduation, he accepted a job as a biological technician for the National Park Service at Yellowstone National Park, mainly working in the backcountry. His thesis based on this research is available in the OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center.