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Tree islands of the Florida everglades? Long-term stability and response to hydrologic change

October 1, 2004

Tree islands are important centers of biodiversity in the Florida Everglades; they have two to three times the plant and animal diversity of the surrounding wetlands. This high diversity is due primarily to their higher elevation relative to the adjacent wetlands (fig. 1). In the natural Everglades system, water levels fluctuated seasonally with rainfall, and tree islands were the only sites that escaped flooding during the wet season. These seasonally dry sites provided refugia and nesting sites for animals and allowed tree and shrub communities to flourish.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2004
Title Tree islands of the Florida everglades? Long-term stability and response to hydrologic change
DOI 10.3133/fs20043095
Authors Debra A. Willard
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2004-3095
Index ID fs20043095
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization