Masters Thesis

Vegetation structure and composition of three mountain meadows.

Mountain meadows offer aesthetic values and provide feed for cattle and wildlife, making it important for both financial and recreational reasons that they be maintained at maximum productivity. At the present, little is known about vegetation structure and floristic composition of meadows. This information is important to understanding meadow ecology, and to developing habitat studies of animals that frequent these areas. This project was undertaken to supply data about these subjects and had three major objectives (l) to compile a floristic inventory as a base line from which meadow vegetation can be studied; (2) investigate the structure of meadow vegetation; (3) determine animal grazing rates on the meadows.