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Changes in prairie pothole region wetland plant communities and wetland conditions after fifty years

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Many investigations into the effects of land management on wetland systems and their plant communities rely on contemporary data and relatively short periods of change. Historical data on wetland vegetation and water chemistry collected by Robert Stewart Sr. and Harold Kantrud in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) offer a unique opportunity to evaluate wetland changes after 50 years. They surveyed 136 wetlands in 3 areas (Mt. Moriah, Cottonwood Lake, and Crystal Springs) in Stutsman County, North Dakota during 1961–1966. Those data served as the foundation for the Stewart and Kantrud (1971) wetland classification system for glaciated prairie region. Since the 1960s, the PPR has experienced substantial intensification of agriculture [...]

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Jane Austin

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R Cressey and Harold Kantrud examine plants at Mt Moriah WPA
R Cressey and Harold Kantrud examine plants at Mt Moriah WPA

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