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In order to preserve and restore New England's unique biodiverse habitats, one needs to know how to identify native plants. This class will study five plant communities. Through a series of field trips the class will examine the natives and exotic invasives that are present, and make a list of what is missing based on old field guides. The five ecosystems to be studied are; fresh water interior bottomland plant communities; coastal salt water plant communities; mid-slope oak forest plant communities; plants found at higher elevations (boreal forests); and succession of agricultural land to forest. The New England Wildflower Society collection of native plant material is also studied in order to complete the understanding of missing species. Open book quizzes for all field classes will be required.
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