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Floristic quality assessment for Orchis Fen Preserve, Emmet County, Michigan

dc.contributor.authorFalk, Katharine
dc.contributor.authorKlapperich, Angela
dc.contributor.authorLeuthvilay, Lani
dc.contributor.authorMcKellar, Keneta
dc.contributor.authorMeeks, Liz
dc.contributor.authorNelson, Lindsay
dc.contributor.authorNewman, Hilary
dc.contributor.authorNordstrom, Chris
dc.contributor.authorReimink, Kelsey
dc.contributor.authorShrestha, Caitlin
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Shaelyn
dc.coverage.spatialOrchis Fenen
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-12T14:20:59Z
dc.date.available2009-01-12T14:20:59Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/61466
dc.descriptionField Biology of Plantsen
dc.description.abstractThe Michigan Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA) is a tool used to evaluate the natural significance and floristic quality of a given locality. We evaluated the plant community at Orchis Fen, a 35-acre preserve in Emmet County, Michigan owned by the Little Traverse Conservancy and Nature Conservancy. The purpose of our study was to use the Floristic Quality Index (FQI), Wetness Index, and the mean coefficient of conservatism (C) to provide the Little Traverse Conservancy and Nature Conservancy with information to aid in their preservation and management strategies. We set up a diagonal transect and identified plants across the site, passing through three interconnected habitats: cedar swamp, fen, and hardwood forest (Figure 1). We found that the mean C was 5.14 for native species and 4.42 when invasive species were taken into account. The FQI for native species was 53.14 and 49.60 including invasive species. The native wetness coefficient (W) was -1.96 for the entire transect and changed to -1.75 with adventives. These values indicate that Orchis Fen is a high quality natural area with an above-average representation of plant species associated with pre-settlement conditions. Our study reinforces the importance of continuing to focus on preservation efforts in this area.en
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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.relation.haspartGraphen_US
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dc.relation.haspartTable of Numbersen_US
dc.subject.classificationFen-Northernen
dc.subject.otherVascularen
dc.subject.otherPlantsen
dc.titleFloristic quality assessment for Orchis Fen Preserve, Emmet County, Michiganen
dc.typeWorking Paperen
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevelNatural Resources and Environment
dc.subject.hlbtoplevelScience
dc.contributor.affiliationumBiological Station, University of Michigan (UMBS)en
dc.contributor.affiliationumcampusAnn Arboren
dc.description.bitstreamurlhttp://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/61466/3/Falk_et_al_2008.pdf
dc.owningcollnameBiological Station, University of Michigan (UMBS)


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