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Plant Communities of the Midwest: Classification in an
Edited by Don Faber-Langendoen
include ecologists from the natural heritage programs in the Midwest, The Nature
Conservancy, and NatureServe Ecology staff.
Midwestern plant communitiesfrom Great Plains grasslands
to the dense boreal forests that frame the shores of the Great Lakes and from
northern peatland bogs to dry, Ozark gladeshave long fascinated plant
ecologists. Ecologists from NatureServe and natural heritage programs
have been working to produce a classification that summarizes their understanding
of the ecological diversity of this region.
Now a comprehensive survey of all the natural plant communities found in this twelve-state region is available in a single volume.
- Introduces the U.S. National Vegetation Classification
- Explains the process used to define the 588 Midwest community types (associations)
- Provides detailed descriptions of each of these associations
- Places the associations in an ecological context by organizing them into
- Includes color plates that show examples of community types in each of the
major ecological groups.
Plant Community (Association) Descriptions
An extensive 705-page appendix provides a detailed description
of each association, using a standard one-page format that includes a vegetation
and environmental summary, conservation status, and range-wide
distribution. Each description also includes a crosswalk or synonymy
to Midwest natural heritage program classification types (where those states
use an independent state classification) and to other related types.
Purpose of this Report
The descriptions provided in this report represent both a thorough synthesis of the literature on the vegetation of the Midwest and a practical tool for conservation and management. The classification on which these descriptions are based is already being put to use by state natural heritage programs, federal agencies, and conservation organizations in a region extensively altered by human activity. With these detailed descriptions we intend to make the classification more widely accessible and more useful and to provide a common framework for describing and conserving Midwest vegetation.
Ordering the Report
This publication is also available in two bound volumes
- the Main Report (61 pp.): $20 + $5 shipping
- Appendix (705 pp.): $57 + $5 shipping. (State subsets are only available
in electronic format via this website.)
To order, send requests to Meghann Gili via email at Meghann_Gili@natureserve.org ,
or by phone at 703-908-1881.
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Appendix: Plant Community (Association) Descriptions
State Subsets of the Appendix