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The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife$
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Donald M. Waller and Thomas P. Rooney

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226871714

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226871745.001.0001

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Plant Species Diversity in the Once and Future Northwoods

Plant Species Diversity in the Once and Future Northwoods

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(p.75) 6 Plant Species Diversity in the Once and Future Northwoods
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The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife
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Thomas P. Rooney

Donald M. Waller

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226871745.003.0006

This chapter examines changes in Wisconsin's forests. It reports that most forests in northern Wisconsin have lost native plant species; that weedy, nonnative plants have begun to invade; and that these processes contribute to a pattern of “biotic homogenization” wherein sites are coming to resemble each other in composition. While several factors affect these trends, the loss of mature forest habitats combined with overabundant deer clearly contribute.

Keywords:   forests, forest habitats, native plant species, nonnative plants, biotic homogenization, deer, Wisconsin

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