A survey of natural area sites in Cherokee County, Kansas

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dc.contributor.author Loring, Hillary
dc.contributor.author Kindscher, Kelly
dc.contributor.author Delisle, Jennifer
dc.date.accessioned 2008-05-05T16:42:13Z
dc.date.available 2008-05-05T16:42:13Z
dc.date.issued 2008-05-05T16:42:13Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/686
dc.description.abstract During the summer and fall of 2005, the Kansas Biological Survey surveyed 29 high-quality natural areas in Cherokee County. The high-quality prairie communities that were surveyed during this study were Unglaciated Tallgrass Prairie, Low Prairie, and Hardpan Prairie. The high-quality forests surveyed in this study are classified as Ozark Upland Forest. Based on the site surveys, we determined species richness values and floristic quality index (FQI) scores for each parcel. Species richness varied from 133 to 35. FQI scores ranged from a high of 43.6 to 19.5 for the lowest. State ranked rare plant species were identified at 28 of the 29 sites for a total of 118 new state records. We suggest several management recommendations for landowners as well as opportunities for both landowners and planning commissions to conserve some of these biologically rich tracts of land. A ranking of preservation priorities is provided along with a map showing the locations of the high-quality prairies and forests in Cherokee County. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Kansas Biological Survey en
dc.relation.isPartOf Report (Kansas Biological Survey); no. 125
dc.subject Prairie ecology en
dc.subject Cherokee County, Kansas en
dc.subject Natural area sites en
dc.title A survey of natural area sites in Cherokee County, Kansas en
dc.type Technical Report en
dc.date.published 2005 en_US

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