A floral survey of cliff habitats along Bull Run at Manassas National Battlefield Park, Virginia, 2014

Data Series 940
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Abstract

Isolated patches of native vegetation in human-modified landscapes are important reservoirs of biological diversity because they may be the only places in which rare or native species can persist. Manassas National Battlefield Park, Virginia, is an island embedded in a matrix of intensively modified lands; it is becoming increasingly isolated due to growth of the greater Washington, D.C. area. A series of cliffs along Bull Run support an eastern white pine community disjunct from its more typical range in the Appalachian Mountains. Cliffs frequently support vegetation communities that differ from surrounding habitat. In this ecological context, the cliffs along Bull Run are islands of specialized habitat within an island of natural and semi-natural communities (the park), surrounded by a human-dominated landscape. A floral survey of these cliffs was a top priority identified by the National Park Service National Capital Region via the National Resource Preservation Program; in 2014, we completed a floral survey of 11 cliffs in the park. We recorded 282 species in 194 genera and 83 families, including 23 newly documented species for the park.

Suggested Citation

Stroh, E.D., Struckhoff, M.A., and Grabner, K.W., 2015, A floral survey of cliff habitats along Bull Run at Manassas National Battlefield Park, Virginia, 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 940, 20 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ds940.

ISSN: 2327-638X (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Study Area
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Summary
  • References Cited
  • Appendix

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title A floral survey of cliff habitats along Bull Run at Manassas National Battlefield Park, Virginia, 2014
Series title Data Series
Series number 940
DOI 10.3133/ds940
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Columbia Environmental Research Center
Description Report: iv, 20 p.; Database; ReadMe
Time Range Start 2014-01-01
Country United States
State Virginia
Other Geospatial Bull Run, Manassas National Park
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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