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Effects of Mowing on Native Plant Biodiversity Along the Rivers of Broome County, NYMichael Voorhees, Mark Blumler

  • Floodplain Biodiversity studies:

    • Floodplain management has always focused on environmental issues such as flood control; however, there was very little thought given to biodiversity.

  • Since there seems to be a gap in the literature for this region the following questions will be addressed:

    • What effects does mowing have on the distribution and diversity of plant life within the floodplains of Broome County?

    • Why are the floodplains and levees mowed so frequently?

    • If the biodiversity in the region is negatively effected by the mowing policies, what can be done to remedy the problem?

  • The biodiversity along the river was studied using two different methods.

    • The first is 300 random points in a plot to see the variety of plant species that are present.

    • The second, transects were run down the width of the plot to study the zonation and species abundance.

    • Comparisons will be done of both native and non-native species within the study areas.

  • The research is investigating three aspects of biodiversity:

    • Whether or not native biodiversity will be higher in areas where mowing is not occurring as frequently.

    • If there will be a higher non-native biodiversity in areas where mowing is occurring frequently.

    • Total Biodiversity will also be investigated.

  • Binghamton University Urban Ecosystem Initiative