Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

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Plant Inventory

I have broken this into categories that hopefully will make it easier for viewing and searching.

Plant Listing
Moss Inventory
Fern Inventory
Weeds & Invasives
Trees, Shrubs, and Vines Inventory

I keep a listing of what we have planted and a listing of what we have seen growing. Every year more plants will show up plus, we throw seed out and I propagate plants that we then transplant. Our goal is to develop and maintain a large variety of species as this makes for a higher quality of habitat. As of 2015, we have 5 Threatened species, 1 Endangered species, and 4 Special Concern species.

How do we measure the quality of our habitat? We use the Floristic Quality Assessment method.

As of June 2015, we have a mean or average Coefficient of Conservatism (C) value of 6 and a Floristic Quality Index (FQI) of 80.52 and a total of 180 species, which is regarded as high quality. Considering we began with a very degraded woodland overgrown with invasives and thoroughly farmed out soil for the prairie, I’m quite happy with this number.

In April 2013 our stats were:
Mean Coefficient of Conservatism (C) value: 5
FQI:  57.23
Species count: 142

Below is a graphic representation of the above data. Who doesn’t like a picture?!FQA, Jun 2015