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Native species richness and diversity ranges of variability in Central United States grassland plant communities


Plant species richness and diversity influence ecosystem functioning; therefore, they are important indicators of ecosystem health. To be useful to managers and decision-makers, though, the natural range of variation for the indicators must be known, and an understanding of how various natural and anthropogenic forces affect the indicators must be had. This project compiled published literature and analyzed data from available long-term studies to provide this information for Great Plains grasslands, one of the most threatened ecosystems in North America.

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Amy Symstad, Deb Buhl

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  • Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center




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