Plant Species Diversity in the Once and Future Northwoods

Thomas P. Rooney and Donald M. Waller

in The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780226871714
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226871745 | DOI:
Plant Species Diversity in the Once and Future Northwoods

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This chapter examines changes in Wisconsin's forests. It reports that most forests in northern Wisconsin have lost native plant species; that weedy, nonnative plants have begun to invade; and that these processes contribute to a pattern of “biotic homogenization” wherein sites are coming to resemble each other in composition. While several factors affect these trends, the loss of mature forest habitats combined with overabundant deer clearly contribute.

Keywords: forests; forest habitats; native plant species; nonnative plants; biotic homogenization; deer; Wisconsin

Chapter.  6013 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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