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dc.contributor.authorYork, Julia
dc.description.abstractDuring the Holocene epoch, prairie graminoid species colonized North American deciduous forests. The resultant prairie communities, often termed oak openings became rare over time. Between 1863 and 1943, one oak opening was identified within Mendon Ponds County Park in New York. The researcher sought to relocate this oak opening and measure changes in community composition. They compared the graminoid composition of the proposed oak opening site with the described composition of the original oak opening. Additionally, they compared their oak opening site to three other sites. Vegetation and soil characteristics varied significantly between sites. The variation between the oak opening and other sites led them to conclude that they had successfully relocated the oak opening. The future of the oak opening, however, remains unclear due to the spread of invasive swallowwort (Vincetoxicum spp.) throughout the site. Swallowwort threatens the persistence of the oak opening, a locally rare floral community.
dc.titleThe Search for a Relict Prairie Graminoid Community in Western New York
dc.description.institutionSUNY Brockport
dc.description.publicationtitleThe Spectrum: A Scholars Day Journal
dc.contributor.organizationThe College at Brockport

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    The Spectrum: A Scholars Day Journal, is a faculty juried, cross-disciplinary, electronic journal. Its goal is the publication of outstanding, student produced scholarship presented at the College at Brockport annual Scholars Day. Scholar’s Day, which was instituted in 1984, is an annual celebration of scholarly pursuits by the campus community.

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