Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER)/CDR025: Distribution of Wetland Plant Species at Cedar Creek Natural History Area
Entry ID: LTER_CDR025

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Summary
Abstract: LTER - Long-Term Ecological Research Program/Cedar Creek Natural
History Area (CDR)

LTER/CDR025 [Summary adapted from the LTER Core Data Set Catalog]:

Permanent plots were set up in 1988 for long-term monitoring of a
number of wetlands at the Cedar Creek Natural History Area
(CCNHA). This data set on the current composition and characteristics
of these wetlands is being used for 1) between-site comparisons and
analysis of wetland plant species distribution in relation to the
water table level, and 2) for detection of possible changes in species
composition, size, water levels, and soil characteristics over time
due to climate change. Sites were chosen to cover a range of wetland
types at CCNHA. The current 21 transects, established in 15 wetlands,
vary from 25 m to 85 m, depending on the size and type of wetland. In
large sites, transect lines run from the upland margin inward for at
least 25 m or until the point where species composition is relatively
constant. In most small sites, the transects cross the entire site.
Plots 1 m2 are located every 5 m along each transect. Types of data
collected so far: Vegetation: Vegetation data are collected for all
transects within a one-week period during the last week in July.
Species presence and visual estimates of percent cover are recorded
for each plot. The location along the transect where major species
appear and disappear is recorded and total species lists for the sites
are made. Water: Because of the dry conditions of the past 3 years
there has been no standing water in any of these wetlands at the time
the vegetation was surveyed. Measurements of spring water levels
along the transects were made in May 1989 and wells have been put into
five of these sites (as part of the hydrology study at CCNHA).
Transect lines are being surveyed for the change in height from
beginning to end. Soil: Soil samples were collected in June and July
1989 alongside plots in 12 sites and analyzed for moisture content,
bulk density, pH, organic matter by loss on ignition, and extractable
ammonium and nitrate. Portions of the samples have been saved for
further analyses (e.g., for total N). Soil samples will again be
collected in the same sites in 1990.


Proprietary limits: Access limited, but available with permission from
investigators, until subsets are published.

The Cedar Creek Natural History Area (CCNHA) is a 2200 hectare
experimental ecological reserve operated by the University of
Minnesota in cooperation with the Minnesota Academy of Sciences. CCNHA
is located in Anoka and Isanti Counties north of Minneapolis/St. Paul.
The site was established in 1940, was designated a National Natural
Landmark by the National Park Service in 1975. In 1977 it was included
as an Experimental Ecology Reserve in a proposed network, and in 1982
it was one of 11 sites in the U.S. selected by the National Science
Foundation for funding of LTER.

Information about LTER is also available at
'http://lternet.edu/'

Related URL
Link: GET DATA
Description: Access to Cedar Creek LTER datasets


Geographic Coverage
 N: 45.0 S: 45.0  E: -93.0  W: -93.0

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1988-06-01


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > MINNESOTA


Science Keywords
BIOSPHERE >TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS >FORESTS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >VEGETATION >FOREST COMPOSITION/VEGETATION STRUCTURE    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >VEGETATION >HERBIVORY    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >VEGETATION >NITROGEN    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >VEGETATION >NUTRIENTS    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SURFACE WATER >WETLANDS    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >SOILS >ORGANIC MATTER    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >MARSHES    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >WETLANDS >MARSHES
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >SPECIES/POPULATION INTERACTIONS >SPECIES COMPETITION    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >SPECIES/POPULATION INTERACTIONS >POPULATION DYNAMICS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >COMMUNITY DYNAMICS >PLANT SUCCESSION    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >COMMUNITY DYNAMICS >GRAZING DYNAMICS / PLANT ECOLOGY    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONS >BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONS >NUTRIENT CYCLING    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONS >BIOMASS DYNAMICS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONS >PRIMARY PRODUCTION    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
BIOTA
GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION
INLAND WATERS


Project
LTER >Long-Term Ecological Research    [Information]


Keywords
CCNHA
CDR
CDR025
CEDAR CREEK
ECOSYSTEMS
LTER
NSF
PLANTS
SOIL CHEMISTRY
WATER TABLE
WETLAND PLANTS


Originating Center
UMN


Data Center
Cedar Creek Natural History Area, Long-Term Ecological Research Network Office    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.lter.umn.edu/
Dataset ID: CDR025

Data Center Personnel
Name: STEVE BAUER
Phone: 612-625-5738
Phone: 763-434-5131
Fax: 612-624-6777
Fax: 763-434-7361
Email: bauer051 at umn.edu
Contact Address:
University of Minnesota
100 Ecology Building
1987 Upper Buford Circle
City: St. Paul
Province or State: MN
Postal Code: 55108
Country: USA


Personnel
EVILLE GORHAM
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: egorham at lternet.edu
Email: gorham at cdr.lter.umn.edu
Contact Address:
University of Minnesota
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
100 Ecology Bldg, 1987 Upper Buford Circle
City: St. Paul
Province or State: MN
Postal Code: 55108
Country: USA


GENE R. MAJOR
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: gsfc-gcmduso at mail.nasa.gov


Publications/References
Gorham, E. 1991. "Northern peatlands: role in the carbon cycle and probable
responses to climatic warming. Ecological Applications, Vol. 1 pp. l82-195.

Phillips, M.M. 1993. "Wetland plant communities and factors
influencing plant distributions at the Cedar Creek Natural History
Area, Minnesota. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Minnesota

See also: http://www.lter.umn.edu/

Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-08-28

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