Riparian/wetland classification for wetlands

The wetland sampling within the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is part of a larger study on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Information gathered will be used to classify riparian/wetland sites into identifiable ecological units that can be used to understand their environmental characteristics and prescribe appropriate management schemes. Study areas in the Monument are Coldwater Lake, Toutle River debris avalanche, and Goat Marsh Research Natural Area. Sample plots were selected to represent different community types (based on species composition and vegetation structure). Wetlands at Coldwater Lake and Toutle River debris avalanche were created as a result of the May 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, and thus can provide unique insight into the development of wetlands and plant succession.

 

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