Habitats

This picture is a representation of the Floyds Fork watershed if it were cut through the middle. Click on the text on the pictures to look at the different types of habitats in the watershed.

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          Floyds Fork watershed is located within a section of the Western Mesophytic Forest Region. It is the transition between the Mesophytic Forest Region in Eastern Kentucky and the Oak-Hickory Forest Region lying to the west in Indiana and Illinois. Floyds Fork, being the transition zone between the two regions, has no vegetation types specific to the watershed.

     In other words, Floyds Fork is the border between two important types of forests, and has a mix of vegetation types. A reconnaissance survey conducted in the fall of 1980 found three prevalent forest types in the Floyds Fork Watershed. These three forests types are:

  1. a riparian silver maple-sycamore-box elder forest type on the banks and floodplain terraces of Floyds Fork

  2. sugar maple-ash-elm on sideslopes above the floodplain

  3. an oak-hickory forest type on dry sideslopes and level-to-gently-sloping uplands.

     Other vegetation types found included cropland, pasture, old fields, grassland, and wetlands.

     Being the habitat types, these areas are all full of wildlife and plantlife.  The sections devoted to plants and animals have more information than the pages here.  These pages will tell you what plants tend to populate the different habitat types and the existence of animals is mentioned but in no great detail.  A detailed listing of animals can be found on the animals pages.

     There are many aspects of environmental safety involved with the different habitats and regions of Floyds Fork.  For example: Did you know that the fertilizer you put on your lawn eventually makes its way into the Floyds Fork creek?   Did you know that the fertilizer pollutes the creek and destroys vital animals, like mussels, that fish and amphibians eat?

     The importance of all these things is that small acts, like fertilizing your lawn, can create large problems, like dead animals, in Floyds Fork, and other watersheds.

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  animals

  plants

  habitats

agricultural

oak-hickory woodlands

palustrine persistent wetland

bottomland

riparian woodland

streambank

maple, ash, elm woodland

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