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DATA REVIEW AND SYNTHESIS
OF
NATURAL RESOURCE INFORMATION
FOR
CEDAR CREEK AND BELLE GROVE
NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

Lindsey D. Donaldson

Center for Watershed Stewardship
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania

May 2005

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Introduction

The Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park (CEBE) was created on December 19, 2002 and encompasses approximately 3,500 acres. Located in Warren, Shenandoah, and Frederick counties in Virginia, CEBE is situated between Strasburg and Middletown, Virginia (Figure 1). The elevations of CEBE range between 500 and 700 feet (Figures 2, 3, and 4) (Topozone 1994-1999). This report is a compilation and synthesis of natural resource information including geology, soil, water quality and quantity, wetlands, vegetation, wildlife, sensitive species, air quality, viewsheds, lightscapes, and soundscapes. Most analysis was based on a CEBE boundary digitized using ArcMap 8.3, 1997 aerial photographs, and an initial map provided by the National Park Service (NPS). A more accurate boundary is currently being developed but should result in little change to this natural resource information. Aerial photographs taken in 2002 were provided by the Virginia Base Mapping Program recently but too late to be incorporated into this report.

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Tables of Content

Introduction and Geology

Soil and Water

Wetlands and Vegetation

Wildlife

Air Quality, Viewshed, Lightscape, Soundscape
and Literature Cited

Appendices 1-10

Appendices 11-20