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Date of Award
Campus Access Master's Report
Master of Science in Applied Ecology (MS)
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College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
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Willows (Salix spp.) are useful in wetland restorations as they are very tolerant of flooding and pollution and provide important ecosystem services such as streambank and dune stabilization. Transplantation is accomplished by trimming young branches from established willows and staking them in the desired locations. Previous studies have examined what factors (such as diameter of stakes, flooding and drought conditions, and scoring and/or soaking the stakes) influence survival and growth of these stakes.
The objective of this study was to determine whether diameter of stake, height of stake, or application of shadecloth to cover competing vegetation would impact survival rates. The heights and diameters of 192 stakes were recorded at the time of planting. Half of the stakes were surrounded with shadecloth. After surviving individuals were recorded, analysis showed that increased height, decreased diameter, higher water table and lack of shadecloth improved the likelihood of survival.
Wilber, Rachael, "IMPACT OF SHADECLOTH PRESENCE, STAKE DIAMETER, AND STAKE LENGTH ON SURVIVAL RATE OF SALIX BEBBIANA AND SALIX PETIOLARIS LIVE STAKES AT A WETLAND RESTORATION SITE", Campus Access Master's Report, Michigan Technological University, 2022.