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Regional Botany Special Lecture

McCormac, Jim [1].

Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage.

Ohio is a crossroads state: prairies enter from the west, there is a northern boreal influence, the Ohio River brings Mississippian species, Lake Erie offers specialized habitats, and eastern regions are strongly Appalachian. The collision of these markedly different ecoregions has endowed the Buckeye State with a diverse flora of some 1,900 native plant species. Along with this floristic diversity comes a rich fauna.This talk is based on the 2009 book Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage (Jim McCormac; Gary Meszaros/photography - Kent State University Press). Forty of Ohio's best remaining natural areas are featured in the book, and particular focus is given to the state's rarest animals and plants. We will take a pictorial journey through some of Ohio's most interesting habitats, including mature deciduous forest, fens, bogs, alvars, prairie, and more.A number of Ohio's rarest plants will be discussed, as well as some of the interesting animals that occur in the state's most unusual habitats. Conservation is a core theme of the book Wild Ohio, and this presentation will touch on various issues that impact protection of Ohio's natural areas.

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1 - Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, 2045 Morse Road, G-2, Columbus, OH, 43229, USA

Keywords:
wild ohio
rare flora
conservation
natural areas.

Presentation Type: Special Presentation
Session: S2
Location: Franklin C and D/Hyatt
Date: Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM
Number: S2001
Abstract ID:1193


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