Great Plains Natural Science Society


The Prairie Naturalist

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The Prairie Naturalist 47:29–35; 2015


Published by the Great Plains Natural Science Society. Used by permission.


During summer 2013 we completed a listing of the plant species of the joint University of North Dakota (UND) Forest River Biology Station and North Dakota Game and Fish Department Wildlife Management Area (FRBS).The FRBS is a 65 ha tract of land that encompasses the south half of the SW 1⁄4 of section 11 (acquired by UND in 1952) and the north half of the NW 1⁄4 of section 14 (acquired by UND in 1954) in Inkster Township (T154N, R55W). The two parcels are bisected by the Forest River, a tributary of the Red River of the North. The area contains a unique mix of representative eastern North Dakota upland prairie and riparian plant communities. Several spring-fed creeks flow into the river, and the site contains numerous ravines that lead from drier upland prairies to wide terraces along the river bottom. As a result of this variation in topography and moisture, the site contains a wide variety of sharply contrasting vegetation types.

We collated species lists and collection dates (if known) from previous survey efforts (La Duke et al., unpublished data) and regional herbaria. We visited the site monthly (Jun– Aug) in summer 2013 and collected more than 150 plant samples. Specimens were jointly deposited into the Minot State University (MISU) and UND (GFND) herbaria.