Vegetational Changes on an Oldfield in Southeastern Ohio
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Citation:The Ohio Journal of Science. v78, n5 (September, 1978), 255-258
Former agricultural land in Strouds Run State Park was sampled by the quadrat method in 1962 and again in 1975. Comparisons of data show a 31% decrease in herbaceous plant cover with only a 6% increase in shrub cover, but with a shift in species composition. Stem density of trees (^2.5 cm dbh) increased by a factor of 3.2. Indexes of similarity reveal that the field has become increasingly similar to the adjacent forest during the 13-year interim between study dates.
Author Institution: Department of Botany, Ohio University
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