Riparian Woodland

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The Riparian Woodland is chiefly comprised of silver maple, sycamore, and box elder. The majority of silver maples and box elders are in position of two or three trunks growing together near the ground. This occurs in the trees near the streambanks themselves. The horizontal depth of this woodland is 80 to 100 feet on each side of the streambanks. Islands in the streams of the Riparian Woodland may be home to the previous three tree species with willows and cottonwood added to the list. The understory trees are usually just saplings of the dominant tree species. There are very few, if any, shrubs that live in this area with the exception of shrub-sized willow trees.

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The vines are poison ivy, Virginia creeper, and/or frost grape. The varying herbaceous ground cover consists of grass, stinging nettle, smartweed, and jewelweed. During the fall clusters of white snakeroot, fall phlox, mistflower, monkeyflower, and great blue lobellia.  This habitat supports a large number of animals.

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