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Tree Islands of the Everglades

Sklar, Fred H., van der Valk, Arnold (Eds.)

2002, IV, 541 p.

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PREFACE Within the Florida Everglades, tree islands, which cover only a small percentofthis ecosystem, historically have provided essential habitat for a wide variety ofterrestrial and amphibious plants, birds, and animals. These tree islands, however, have been one ofits least studied features. Because of their less flood tolerant vegetation, tree islands are one ofthe most sensitive components ofthe Everglades to changes in hydrology, and many tree islands have been lost during periods when water levels have been abnormally high or low. Their sensitivity to water level changes makes tree islands potentially one ofthe best and surest measures ofthe overall hydrologic health of the Everglades. Consequently, the maintenance of healthy, functioning tree islands and the restoration ofthose that have been lost will be an important performance measures that will be used tojudge the success ofthe Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). A symposium, Tree Islands ofthe Everglades, was held on July 14 and 15, 1998 at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. It was sponsored by Florida Center for Environmental Studies and the South Florida WaterManagement District. This was the first scientific meeting ever devoted to tree islands. The organizers of this symposium were Drs. Arnold van der Valk, Florida Center for Environmental Studies and Iowa State University, Fred Sklar, South Florida Water Management District, and Wiley Kitchens, United States Geological Survey.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Controlling - Ecology - Fauna - biodiversity - carr - development - ecosystem - ecosystems - environment - marsh - peat - vegetation - wetland

Related subjects » Ecology - Environmental Management - Geography - Life Sciences - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity

Table of contents 

1. Tree Islands of the Everglades: An Overview; F. Sklar, A.van der Valk. 2. Tree Island Ecosystems of the World; P.R. Wetzel. 3. Bayhead Tree Islands on Deep Peats of the Northeastern Everglades; P.A. Stone, et al. 4. Paleoecological Insights on Fixed Tree Island Development in the Florida Everglades: I. Environmental Controls; D.A. Willard, et al. 5. Nutrient Geochemistry of Sediments from Two Tree Islands in Water Conservation Area 3B, the Everglades, Florida; W.H. Orem, et al. 6. The Archaeology of Everglades Tree Islands; R.S. Carr. 7. Water Depth Tolerances of Dominant Tree Island Species: What do We Know? W.H. Connor, et al. 8. Vegetation Pattern and Process in Tree Islands of the Southern Everglades and Adjacent Areas; T.V. Armentano, et al. 9. Tree Island Vegetation and Water Management in the Central Everglades; L. Heisler, et al. 10. Tree Islands of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge; L.A. Brandt, et al. 11. Vegetation, Peat Elevation and Peat Depth on Two Tree Islands in Water Conservation Area 3-A; D.H. Mason, A.van der Valk. 12. Analysis of Tree Island Vegetation Communities; P.R. Wetzel. 13. Occurrence of Wildlife on Tree Islands in the Southern Everglades; W.E. Meshaka Jr. 14. Effects of Tree Island Size and Water on the Population Dynamics of Small Mammals in the Everglades; M.S. Gaines, et al. 15. Habitat-Use Patterns of Avian Seed Dispersers in the Central Everglades; D.E. Gawlick, et al. 16. Spatial Simulations of Tree Islands for Everglades Restoration; Yegang Wu, et al. 17. What We Know and Should Know about Tree Islands; A.van der Valk, F. Sklar. Subject Index. Genus and Species Index.

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