The objectives of this study were to: (1) Inventory the vascular flora of the former Petersham Country Club (now the Harvard Farm). (2) Collect voucher specimens for the HF Herbarium of species that were not previously documented from Harvard Forest, or that were found historically at HF but were not recorded in 2004–2007 by Jenkins et al. (2008). (3) Establish and sample a series of permanent plots to characterize current vegetation composition, and to enable evaluation of vegetation change over time. (4) Sample soils within permanent plots to document initial conditions and to facilitate future work on soil dynamics and ecosystem processes.
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