Succession of the plant communities of Fakahatchee Strand ...

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Succession of the plant communities of Fakahatchee Strand ...

19METHODSResearch DesignIn order to relate plant communities to water levels, Whitley (1991)selected study sites within Fakahatchee Strand that were in the vicinity of wellsestablished by the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park in 1987. The studysites were chosen to contain at least two types of plant communities. Whilemost, if not all, of these communities had suffered some disturbance duringcypress logging, areas with a greater degree of disturbance caused by thedragging of downed logs to the tramways were avoided (Whitley, 1991)(Appendix 5). The purpose of the current study was to remeasure Whitley’soriginal study sites (Fig. 8).The four original transects were located using cardinal directions anddistances Whitley (1991) provided from park monitoring wells 18 and 20. Theoriginal rebar used to mark the corners of each transect as well as the PVCmonitoring wells installed along each transect were successfully located.Transect 1 and transect 4 each measured 5m by 80m, as reported by Whitley(1991). Whitley (1991) reported transects 2 and 3 as 5m by 100m. However,when transects 2 and 3 were remeasured, it was determined that they were 5mby 95m and 5m by 109m, respectively.Whitley (1991) based the descriptions of the plant communities he foundon his study sites in 1989 on those of Austin, Jones, and Bennett (1990a). Theplant communities found at the time of this study are as follows.Transect 1 – Three plant communities are found on transect 1 which runs

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