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Characterization of prairie recovery from cedar (Juniperus virginiana L.) Invasion.

Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana L.) often invades prairie in the absence of fire. Removal of cedar is an initial step in prairie restoration. The plant community that colonizes the areas formerly suppressed by cedar tends to be different from adjacent prairie. Three prairies with recent cedar removals were sampled in summer 2004. Canopy coverage was different between cedar recovery plots and adjacent prairie. In addition, species richness, species diversity, coefficient of conservatism, % annual species, and % woody species were used to describe the two community differences.

* Scholes, C.M. Department of Biology, Rockhurst University.
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Title Annotation:Conservation, Senior Division
Author:Chevalier, Cary
Publication:Transactions of the Missouri Academy of Science
Article Type:Abstract
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2005
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