The Talladega National Forest site (Talladega) covers 5300 hectares within the larger Oakmulgee District of the Talladega National Forest (475,000 hectares) in west-central Alabama. Talladega is located within the Gulf Coastal Plain that is the dominant physiographic province (52%) within Domain 8 and where the upper coastal plain gives rise the Appalachian foothills, the lands of this region are rich mosaic if forest types and habitats. Steep ridges to rolling hills fading to hardwood bottoms make up the diversity of forest conditions found on Oakmulgee. While known for its longleaf forests, over 40% of Oakmulgee is covered with mixture hardwoods and wetlands affording all who venture into the forest an array of opportunities (Captured by other D08 Relocatable Sites).
Ecohydrologic connectivity is designed with Mayfair Creek being a typical first order, spring fed creek in this forested ecosystem. This site also includes a experimental stream reach to support the STREON experiment in Mayfair Creek.
Land use is captured in two ways, i) a firm commitment to restore the native longleaf forest and restoring the natural fire regime, and ii) on the broader landscape of TAL there are locations of agricultural abandonment and paleo-human impacts. i.e., Moundville Archaeological Park,~ 20 km west of the research area (http://moundville.ua.edu/home.html) and is used for on-site archaeological research (Mississippian Native American culture).
Lastly, this is the southern most core site in a eastern north-south design to capture chemical climate (ozone and nitrogen deposition), re. Biogeochemistry, and address the effects and feedback mechanisms on on-site ecological processes.