Mitigation for the loss of forested wetlands: a case study
Forested wetlands are prominent features of the Florida landscape. The loss of forested wetland habitat is a concern to resource managers because these communities benefit both man and wildlife. My research documents the progress of a man-made wetland which was constructed to compensate for the loss of about 1.3 ha of wetlands, including 0.6 which was forested. Whether man can create forested wetlands that are similar to those naturally occurring is not well documented, and is questioned by many. Construction of the wetland habitat at Sand Lake Road, Orange County, Florida was completed in December of 1987. I report in this thesis on both the survivorship of nursery-grown trees and shrubs planted at the site and on secondary succession during 1988 and 1989. The effects of flooding duration on species composition and abundance along a hydrologic gradient were examined with polar ordination. In 1989, inventories were made of the fish, amphibians, reptiles and avifauna which used the site. Similarity indices were used to compare the flora and fauna to controls established at Tosohatchee State Reserve or to appropriate species lists from the literature.
Stout, I. Jack
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences
Hupalo, Richard Bryon, "Mitigation for the loss of forested wetlands: a case study" (1990). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4006.