- Dry Mesic partially open variations of this community have the potential to support a high diversity of understory/midstory woody species, and spring through late summer blooming herbaceous species. Perhaps just wood edges and river banks rival the ability of this community variation to support diverse, robust, shrubs, small flowering trees, and summer blooming woodland associated flora, locally.
- The community is commonly associated with ancient river or stream dissected till plains that have exposed or preserved due to slope Ordovician Limestone and shale residuum soil. The variations in ph maybe related to whether or not the bedrock was then allowed to form a shallow residuum soil (7.0-7.4 Ph) of 10-40 inches, or whether the residuum has been covered by shallow loess deposits (6.8 ph typically), then in case of the Pate soil formation which is 60% + Shale at a 6.0 PH, the ratio of Shale to Limestone residuum I believe is important.
- Sugar Maple is present in the canopy all variations of the community except the Dry Mesic variation where it appears as only a stunted midstory/understory tree like Ohio Buckeye does naturally. Without major disturbance or a well designed management plan, many of the variations of the community may see sugar maple increase in the canopy as the oak species decrease. On cool Eastern and Northern slope aspects, and in bottomlands Black Maple may dominate over Sugar maple.
- Shagbark hickory, White Oak, Black Oak, and Red Oak may be indicative of soil formation changes when located at the ridge of the slope communities. As the ridge transitions into mesic uplands, the soil is often much more acidic and typically less than 6.8 ph due to deeper loess and glacial till deposits covering the residuum soil.
A Call for Restoration
Degraded Mt.Airy Forest Dry Mesic Variation
Soil Science Terms Glossary
Federal Tree Database Resource
USDA Web Soil Survey
Lucy Braun's Deciduous Forests of North America
Lucy Braun's Woody Plants of Ohio
Jim Mccormac's Wild Ohio
Local Conservation Associated Groups To Join
Cincinnati Wildones Chapter-Facebook
Sierra Club Miami Chapter-Facebook
Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society -Facebook
Ohio Nature Conservancy -Website
Western Wildlife Corridor -Facebook
Green Umbrella-Website "Land Team" and "Water Shed Team"- Conservation Associated