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Additional Botanical Assessment of Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Sites in Illinois

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Title: Additional Botanical Assessment of Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Sites in Illinois
Author(s): Ellis, James; Forrest, Jessica
Subject(s): Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Illinois vegetation assessment restoration Critical Trends Assessment Program Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Abstract: Biological assessment of properties enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) in Illinois has generally been lacking. To remedy this situation, scientists from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Natural History Survey teamed up in 2009 to conduct a pilot study to make general botanical assessments of 11 randomly selected sites comprising 17 private properties in central Illinois enrolled in CREP. Botanical assessments were repeated in 2010 with an additional eight randomly selected CREP properties. Each property was visited once, and a list of plant species was made and general vegetation structure was noted. Sites ranged from being dominated by native herbaceous species like common goldenrod to being dominated by tree species like silver maple and eastern cottonwood. Native plant species were generally more abundant than non-native species, but invasive species like reed canary grass, field thistle, and Amur honeysuckle were present on some sites. Compared to randomly selected wetland and grassland sites sampled as part of the Critical Trends Assessment Program (CTAP), the CREP sites were more botanically rich and diverse, but as sites mature without management or disturbance, plant diversity is expected to decline.
Issue Date: 2010-11-29
Publisher: Champaign, Ill. : Illinois Natural History Survey,
Series/Report: Illinois Natural History Survey Technical Report, INHS 2010 (47)
Genre: Technical Report
Type: Text
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/17418
Publication Status: unpublished
Peer Reviewed: not peer reviewed
Sponsor: Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Rights Information: This document is a product of the Illinois Natural History Survey, and has been selected and made available by the Illinois Natural History Survey and the University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is intended solely for noncommercial research and educational use, and proper attribution is requested.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2012-12-14
 

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