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This project was concerned with prairie reconstruction - that is, lands that have been seeded and are being managed to emulate a prairie ecosystem. The first section is a literature review on how prairie reconstruction arose. In the second component, data on plant species in local reconstructed prairies collected for the Prairie Reconstruction Initiative by the Morris Wetland Management District were summarized. The new monitoring framework is evaluated, as is the condition of the selected reconstructions, including the success of planted species and encroachment of non-native species.


Includes two papers that were written to stand independently, but are part of the same capstone project. The first is titled: Prairie Reconstruction History and the second is titled: Monitoring of Selected Morris Wetland Management District Prairie Reconstructions

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