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Badlands National Park

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This study concerns the vegetation distribution in habitat types of Badlands National Park, South Dakota. Phase I of the study is that of reconnaissance and determining potential habitat types present. Phase II includes intensive sampling of sites which represent minimally disturbed vegetation. Sites on more disturbed vegetation also will be established. Phase III will include mapping of habitat types and additional sampling to fully substantiate results of Phase II. Study sites established in the Park should be thought of as long-term monitoring sites at which effects of animal grazing, climate changes and fire can affect the vegetation.