Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School


First Advisor

G.A. Myers


In recent years riparian or streamside habitats have received a great deal of attention by field scientists and ecologists. Considerable research has been conducted to determine the effects of grazing, mining, road building, logging, and recreation in riparian areas. The reason for this attention is the fact that riparian areas are extremely productive for livestock, wildlife, and fish. As much information as possible needs to be collected about riparian areas so they may be effectively managed. This study was conducted to characterize the vegetation associated with two riparian areas of the Black Hills of South Dakota. The geographical focus of the project was on two distinct drainages in the Black Hills -- the Rapid Creek and the Battle Creek drainage areas. Research was conducted to fulfil1 two objectives: 1. Determine how Black Hills riparian vegetation changes with variation in elevation, and 2. Evaluate differences between dominant vegetation of the Rapid Creek and the Battle Creek drainage areas. Results of the study provide a comparison of plant diversity and species composition in relatively undisturbed riparian areas. Such information will assist resource managers in effectively managing these important resource areas. In addition, it is hoped that the information will influence future policy direction by those entrusted with decisions shaping Black Hills resource utilization.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Riparian ecology -- South Dakota -- Black Hills (S.D. and Wyo.)
Riparian plants
Botany -- Black Hills (S.D. and Wyo.)



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South Dakota State University