Classification of the alpine plant communities on Mount Mansfield, VT

Gilpatrick, Tammy
Jon Atwood, PhD
Department of Environmental Studies
During a study conducted form June to August 2000 sixteen study plots were subjectively selected and sampled along the ridgeline of Mount Mansfield, Vermont in order to classify and characterize the alpine plant communities. Percent cover and frequency were recorded for each species present. The data set was analyzed using Two-way Indicator Species Analysis (TWINSPAN). The TWINSPAN analysis identified four major plant communities on Mount Mansfield: krummholz (trees <1.5-2m height), dry heath, moist heath, and tallus slope.

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