Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Biology and Microbiology

First Advisor

Gary E. Larson


A two-part vegetation study was conducted on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Minnesota to obtain baseline information on the vegetation of Reservation lands, to provide instructional material for the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, and to serve as a source of information for other discipline-related activities. A floristic survey conducted over two growing seasons was one part of the vegetation study. One thousand and fifty-one specimens were collected in the floristic survey. The five largest families in terms of number of species were Asteraceae with 64 species, Cyperaceae with 34, Poaceae with 25, Rosaceae with 23 and Fabaceae with 18. The second part of the vegetation study involved describing the composition of the eight major forest cover types recognized as occurring on the Reservation. The vegetation at one hundred-fifty locations was sampled. Understory associations in ASPEN, BIRCH, MAPLE, PINE-and FIR cover types were found to be extremely similar to each other while those in the ASH, CEDAR and SPRUCE types were separate and distinct. By using detrended correspondence analysis (DECORANA), the study concluded that understory species formed associations which reflected similar habitat requirements. The analysis also depicted the understory associations of ASH, CEDAR and SPRUCE forest types as different from each other and from the five upland types (ASPEN, BIRCH, MAPLE, PINE and FIR).

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Botany -- Minnesota -- Fond du Lac Indian Reservation
Vegetation surveys -- Minnesota -- Fond du Lac Indian Reservation




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