Plant Communities of Great Lakes Islands

Emmet J. Judziewicz

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 Communities of Great Lakes Islands

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This chapter explores how the isolated plant communities of two archipelagos in the Great Lakes are changing. Both the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior and the Grand Traverse Islands in Lake Michigan have undergone great changes over the past 150 years, and both face similar threats (primarily from deer and invasive plants) today. The changes on the unprotected Grand Traverse Islands are more pronounced and have left the archipelago more biotically impoverished. While these islands may seem remote from most of us, they also stand as a synecdoche for the isolated patches of habitat that increasingly surround us.

Keywords: Apostle Islands; Lake Superior; Grand Traverse Islands; Lake Michigan; habitats; archipelagoes; plant communities

Chapter.  3750 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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