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

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dc.contributor.author Falk, Katharine
dc.contributor.author Klapperich, Angela
dc.contributor.author Leuthvilay, Lani
dc.contributor.author McKellar, Keneta
dc.contributor.author Meeks, Liz
dc.contributor.author Nelson, Lindsay
dc.contributor.author Newman, Hilary
dc.contributor.author Nordstrom, Chris
dc.contributor.author Reimink, Kelsey
dc.contributor.author Shrestha, Caitlin
dc.contributor.author Smith, Shaelyn
dc.coverage.spatial Orchis Fen en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-12T14:20:59Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-12T14:20:59Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/61466
dc.description Field Biology of Plants en
dc.description.abstract The 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.iso en_US en
dc.subject.classification Fen-Northern en
dc.subject.other Vascular en
dc.subject.other Plants en
dc.title Floristic quality assessment for Orchis Fen Preserve, Emmet County, Michigan en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Natural Resources and Environment
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Science
dc.contributor.affiliationum Biological Station, University of Michigan (UMBS) en
dc.contributor.affiliationumcampus Ann Arbor en
dc.description.bitstreamurl http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/61466/3/Falk_et_al_2008.pdf
dc.owningcollname Biological Station, University of Michigan (UMBS)
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