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Project Overview. Reforestation of 8 Acres of Urban Riparian System with Native Trees Research on Ecological Restoration Strategies Testbed for Real-time Wireless Remote Monitoring Network Key Segment of Conservation Corridor Field Classroom on Western Boundary of IUPUI Campus.

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Project overview

Project Overview

  • Reforestation of 8 Acres of Urban Riparian System with Native Trees

  • Research on Ecological Restoration Strategies

  • Testbed for Real-time Wireless Remote Monitoring Network

  • Key Segment of Conservation Corridor

  • Field Classroom on Western Boundary of IUPUI Campus


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Project Overview

  • Five-Year Program

  • Land-Use Agreement with City of Indianapolis

  • Corporate/University/Agency/Civic Collaboration with 36 Partners

  • Eli Lilly and Co., Rotary Club of Indianapolis, Indy Parks are Major Sponsors


Experimental restoration design

Experimental Restoration Design

  • Comparison of 3 Reforestation Strategies

    • Containerized Tree Stock

    • Bare-Root Stock, Random Plant Spacing

    • Bare-Root Stock, Weed Inhibitor Strategies

  • Two 1-acre plots for each strategy; 2 control plots

  • Same Species Composition and Similar Number of Trees

  • Initial Application of Herbicide; All Plots Excluding Riparian Fringe


Tree species selection

Tree Species Selection

Buckeye sp.

Silver Maple

Sycamore

Cottonwood

Green Ash

Black Willow

Hawthorn

Honey Locust

Swamp White Oak

Red Maple

Hackberry

Chinquapin Oak

Undergraduate Student Research Seminar

Derived from Historical Floodplain Composition Studies

Native to Central Indiana Till Plain Riparian Forests


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Planting Scheme

Riparian Fringe


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North Areas 1-4

South Areas 5-8

Alive

Dead

Tree Survival - Fall 2004


Baseline studies

Baseline Studies

  • Historic Flood Frequency

  • Seasonal Water Level Fluctuations

  • Seed Bank/Natural Plant Recruitment Study

    • Creation of Site Herbarium

  • Reptile and Amphibian Study

  • Bird Census

  • Sediment Stratigraphy and Sediment Chemistry

  • Historic Land Use


Long term monitoring parameters

Long Term Monitoring Parameters

  • Ground Water Elevation – weekly, hourly

  • Water Quality (physical/chemical) - weekly

  • Tree Survival and Growth (height, diameter) – seasonally

  • Natural Recruitment of Woody Species – seasonally

  • Exotic Species Appearance and Distribution - annually

  • Vegetation Monitoring – biannually

  • Bird Usage (species, #) – quarterly

  • Butterfly and Dragonfly Usage (species, #) - seasonally

  • Reptile and Amphibian Usage (species, #) – annually


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