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In Maine, non-tidal peatlands comprise the last major terrestrial ecosystem group remaining largely undisturbed by humans, and for which there still exists a full range of options for protection in near-pristine condition. To make the best choices of areas to protect, ecologically based prioritization of candidate natural areas is needed. This technical bulletin presents a quantitative method of evaluation of the natural features of peatlands—providing the fundamental tool for establishing peatland protection priorities. We apply the method to the evaluation of 76 Maine peatlands representing all the morphologic/hydrologic peatland types in the biophysical regions of the state.

Document Type

Article

ISSN

1070-1524

Volume

175

Publication Date

12-1-1999

Publisher

Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station

City

Orono

Keywords

peatlands, natural areas

Disciplines

Botany | Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology