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Lower Mississippi River Environmental Program. Report 11. Forest Vegetation of the Leveed Floodplain of the Lower Mississippi River
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS ENVIRONMENTAL LAB
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The main stem levee system and loess bluffs of the Lower Mississippi River Valley LMRV confine 955 miles of river in an area about 600 miles long and up to 20 miles wide. The corridor of unprotected floodplain flanking the lower river supports over one-million acres of forest about one-quarter of the total bottomland hardwood forest estimated to remain in the LMRV. In 1982, the US Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Commission initiated the Lower Mississippi River Environmental Program, which included development of a geographic information system and studies of selected ecosystem components within the confined floodplain. The research reported here was designed to provide a description of forest resources of the study area, with particular attention to forest attributes commonly considered in evaluations of wildlife habitat suitability.
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