Cranberry Bog Community Succession Project

COMMUNITY SUCCESSION AFTER CRANBERRY BOG ABANDONMENT WITHIN THE NEW JERSEY PINE BARRENS

PROJECT OBJECTIVES: The goal of this project is to evaluate the community diversity of active and inactive cranberry bogs within the New Jersey Pine Barrens over time, by observing and collecting an inventory of species. This work will produce a complete inventory of plants, vertebrates and invertebrates of all bogs assessed as well as species diversity for the bog itself. Bog inventories of each respective bog location will be provided to all responsible parties. The results of the work will provide an insight to the impacts of cranberry bog farming as an agricultural practice. This experiment will show the community succession of a cranberry bog over time as a result of harvesting, abandonment, and other natural occurrences.

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