Long-term monitoring program for forest herbs at Mammoth Cave National Park

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dc.contributor.advisor Badger, Kemuel S. en_US
dc.contributor.author Jones, Bobette E. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-ky en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:37:48Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:37:48Z
dc.date.created 1997 en_US
dc.date.issued 1997
dc.identifier LD2489.Z78 1997 .J66 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/185841
dc.description.abstract A monitoring program of forest herbs was initiated at Mammoth Cave National Park (MCNP). The objectives of this project were to produce a quantitative description of the current forest herb communities which can be used as a baseline for monitoring future change as well as a foundation for making informed management decisions. Herbaceous vegetation in previously established permanent forest monitoring plots was characterized during the summers of 1993-94. In the future, these baseline data can be used to detect changes in forest herb communities that might result from natural succession, management decisions and/or environmental changes. The landuse history for these plots was evaluated as a factor affecting the present diversity, richness and cover of the forest herbs at Mammoth Cave National Park. Prior to the establishment of MCNP, landuse consisted of a mosaic of agriculture, logging, and grazing. The park provides unique natural experiment to study the recovery of vegetation following a variety of human influenced disturbances.Thirty-two permanent plots were used to collect species presence and cover in early spring and mid-summer. Five forest herb communities were classified for spring and summer. All plots for the spring and summer community classification were the same except for two. Environmental variables, overstory vegetation, and previous landuse are identified as variables that have significant associations with herbaceous composition. Herbaceous cover, richness, and diversity were higher in areas that were forested before park establishment. The results of this study support the contention that human induced disturbances have more detrimental effect on forest herbs compared to overstory tree species.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Biology
dc.format.extent 1 v. (various pagings) : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Forest plants -- Kentucky -- Mammoth Cave National Park. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Plant communities -- Kentucky -- Mammoth Cave National Park. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Plant populations -- Kentucky -- Mammoth Cave National Park. en_US
dc.title Long-term monitoring program for forest herbs at Mammoth Cave National Park en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.S.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1048387 en_US

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