Talk:Appalachian balds

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I'm working on cleaning up the Forestry category, and Forestry seems to be a very unlikely category for these. Perhaps it could be made clearer in the article how the balds relate to Forestry. It also seems like it would be helpful if they were added to some state and regional cats. If they are not "regions" of individual states (that was a good faith effort on my part), how about at least placing it Category:Southern United States. Regional and state-level categories help people find topics of interest to those states and regions. If you don't like any of those suggestions, this should at least be placed in the subcat Category:Forestry in the United States. Thanks. Katr67 (talk) 15:39, 28 May 2008 (UTC)

P.S. Re: The edit summary to the reversion of my edits. Lots of things are part of greater forests, but not all are directly related to the art and science of forestry. How about Category:Forests of Tennessee, Category:Forests of North Carolina, Category:Natural history of Tennessee, etc? I can help create the redlinked ones if you want. Katr67 (talk) 15:44, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
Balds occur in places where heavy tree growth would be expected. When the federal government took control of large segments of the southern Appalachian highlands in the early 1900s and put an end to cattle grazing on the balds, the forest slowly started to reclaim them. Because the balds were unique ecosystems, the NPS and USFS decided to preserve and maintain several balds in the GSMNP and the Roan Highlands.(Encyclopedia of Appalachia, p. 48). If I've misunderstood the category criteria or if the topic is too region-specific, I'll try to find another one. Bms4880 (talk) 18:18, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
Re: the forestry connection: Ah, that makes sense. Perhaps you could clarify that in the article. So should there be a Category:Appalachian Mountains? the closest thing is Category:Appalachian culture. Is that apt for this subject? Thanks for understanding. Katr67 (talk) 20:28, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
It's no problem. Again, I don't know how much forestry is involved in maintaining a bald, so I don't know if it's too specific for the forestry category. I created a category for the Appalachian Mountains. Bms4880 (talk) 21:31, 28 May 2008 (UTC)

Similarities to the Pacific Coast[edit]

Has anyone ever noted the similarity between the Appalachian balds and the headland meadows on the Oregon Coast? Even the damp surrounding spruce forests on Roan Mt. really look like the spruce forests bordering the Cascade Head meadows in Oregon. Sowelilitokiemu (talk) 02:58, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

I've never seen the Oregon headlands, but they do sound similar, and appear to occur in similar forest types. Do you know what created the headland meadows? Bms4880 (talk) 21:38, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

Appalachian Balds[edit]

Great work on the article. I do have one question. The bald on Black Bsalm Knob was caused by locomotive fires, right? You may want to incorporate that in the article, as that is one example where the cause was clearly man-made. Since it is the highest bald it is also of special significance. Thanks. --Omarcheeseboro (talk) 13:59, 23 September 2008 (UTC)

Well, that's not in the article on Black Balsam Knob (fires are mentioned, but not locomotives), so it should probably go there (with references, of course) rather than here. Merenta (talk) 16:10, 19 October 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, I updated the Black Balsam Knob page with the same reference I used when expanding the Art Loeb Trail article.--Omarcheeseboro (talk) 17:25, 19 October 2008 (UTC)

Balds in the Northeast?[edit]

The Taconic Mountains article lists Appalachian balds as one of the biomes in the Taconics. Do authentic Appalachian balds really occur this far north? Or are they strictly a feature of the Southern Appalachians? (talk) 15:15, 28 April 2009 (UTC)

Iirc, balds can occur throughout the range, but they're most distinctive in the Southern Appalachians due to forest density. I imagine the ones in the southern part of the range occur at much higher elevations. Bms4880 (talk) 19:00, 28 April 2009 (UTC)
This entire article is skewed towards a Southern US perspective. It would be nice if people knowledgeable on this subject would take time to include more northeastern information on balds in that area.Camelbinky (talk) 19:09, 20 February 2010 (UTC)
Neither source I used made any mention of northeastern balds. Point me to a source, and I'll incorporate it into the article. Bms4880 (talk) 02:08, 21 February 2010 (UTC)