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Characterization of Upland/Wetland Community Types: Changes to Flatiron Lake Bog over a 24-Year Period
Colwell, Stephanie Renee

2009, Master of Science, Ohio State University, Natural Resources.
Flatiron Lake Bog in NE Ohio is one of the few remaining kettle-hole bogs in the state and is owned by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). In order to help refine the management of this property, three main goals were set to classify and describe Flatiron Lake Bog. The first goal was to classify the vegetation community types within the Flatiron Lake Bog landholding to aid in long-term planning and management of this unique resource. Seven different community types were found: mixed mesophytic forest, beech-oak-red maple forest, oak-hickory forest, aspen stands, mixed swamp, tamarack-hardwood bog, and buttonbush shrub swamp. A diversity of management issues exists in these different community types, including control of invasive species, effects of water level changes using a managed outlet structure, and agricultural runoff from neighboring landowners. The second goal of this study was to determine any changes in vegetation, water chemistry, and adjacent land use over a 24-year period. A study conducted by Kent State in 1984 provided a baseline data set of vegetation and water chemistry for the bog, which was compared to the vegetation and water chemistry currently present to determine any changes with the changing land uses. The final goal of this study was to analyze relationships along the upland-wetland gradient with differing adjacent land uses (forest or agriculture). All of these results will provide a knowledge base to allow TNC to better manage the Flatiron Lake Bog property.
Dawn Ferris, PhD (Advisor)
P. Charles Goebel, PhD (Committee Member)
Donald Eckert, PhD (Committee Member)
234 p.

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Colwell, Stephanie. "Characterization of Upland/Wetland Community Types: Changes to Flatiron Lake Bog over a 24-Year Period." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Ohio State University, 2009. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 30 May 2015.

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