We want to study this location and have some nature to clinghold on to, stated Paul Hlina, a botanist with the Lake Superior Research Institute. We have so lots ofa lot of partners that have agreed to work with us on this project. It is very exciting.The Brule River Watershed Re-Survey job is being led by the Lake Superior Research Institute at UW-Superior, which protected financing through a grant from Wisconsin Coastal Management (WCM). Partners include the State Herbarium of Wisconsin at Madison, the Brule River State Forest, the Bureau of Natural Heritage programs and the universitys Undergrad Research Scholarship and Creative Activity Center. A match is required by WCM, and the UW-Superior Structure is dedicated to raising$ 100,000 over three years.The very first part of the job is to finish and re-visit a forest inventory and assessment study of the Brule River watershed. This task was originally begun by the late Dr. Donald Davidson, a UW-Superior facultyprofessor in the biology department, during the summertimes of 1968-69. At that time, Dr. Davidson was repeating a plant survey achieved by another UW-Superior faculty member -Dr. John W. Thomson Jr.( 1942-44 ). Just just recently were Dr. Davidsons data and papers on this early job discovered, yet Thomsons work and herbarium specimens have been known for years.During the summer season of 2015, an enthusiastic plants re-survey of the Brule River watershed forests, barrens, wetlands and water zones was introduced. The target locations for the study duplicate and expand upon the earlier research studies conducted by Dr. Thomson and Dr. Davidson. A three-year job is planned to finish a re-examination of the Brule River watershed extending 160 years(1856-2018). A 2nd part of the job is to continue plant field research and information collection undertaken mostly throughout summersummertime in our area.

Current tasks include coastal and inland wetland monitoring, surveys of plant abundance and distribution on coastal dunes such as Wisconsin Point, in addition to population studies of uncommon plants. Financing would be valuable for recruiting scholastic staffpersonnel to conduct this field research in summertimesummertime, along with to determine and archive collections in the herbarium. The goal is to raise endowment funds for this vital work.It is interesting to be involvedassociated with a task like this that has such a broad base of assistance, stated Derek Anderson (Class of 2004). It will be interesting to see the outcomes of this work

as compared to the work done along the river over the last 100 years. We will be able to respond to questions such as, Has the structure and the composition of the forest changed?In the spirit of continuing these substantial plant science research study activities, the personnel for the job are recent UW-Superior graduates. Reed Schwarting( Class of 2012)and Stephanie Glass( Class of 2015)have been field crew leaders surveying four days a week considering that July 1, the main starting date of the WCM grant. They are leading students Daniel Gil de LaMadrid and Mike Krick, both UW-Superior natural science majors, in forest inventories and types collection to includecontribute to a complete inventory of all the plant types existing in the watershed. Dr. Nick Danz will be statistically comparing the quantitative forest sampling data between 2015 and 1968-69 to gauge changes in the forests of the Brule.Paige Kent, UW-Superior student recipient of the 2015 Brule River Sportsmans $5,000 scholarship award, will be digitizing greenery maps that illustrate the significant plant community enters 1852 and once again in the late 1930s from earlier study maps.The Brule River Watershed Re-Survey task has actually brought in skilled botanists-Mary Ann Feist, UW-Madison Manager; Emmet Judziewicz, lead author of Wildflowers of Wisconsin, Field Guide to Wisconsin Grasses; Loy Richard Phillippe, who has finished 40 years of studies in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee; and

Paul Markum, lead wetlan researcher for the Natural Heritage Program at the University of Illinois. To this day, these specialists have collected more than 350 specimens to addcontribute to the John Thomson herbarium collection of 1943-44 and determined more than 450 plants. Abundance codes are likewise tape-recorded for each types by a subjective technique of consensus utilizing professional judgement. New county records have been found and numerous rare plant populations have actually been relocated, with a couple of new populations found.Additional funding will be sought to finish all 9 plant community types surveyed by Dr. Thomson in 1943 and 1944. In this second year, the project will broaden to gather and survey marine plants discovered on the Brule River, along with Lake Nebagamon and Lake Minnesuing, as Dr. Thomson did earlier. For the very firstvery first time in the wateshed, quantitative information will be gathered of the groundcover and shrub layers from the 1968-69 Dr. Davidson sites when he surveyed only trees and saplings, supplying baseline data and a condition assessment of all of the plants in the Brule River watershed today.When finished, this task will include more than 165 years of details on the greenery modifications on the Brule. It is extremely advised that this study be repeated in 50 years to assess the effects of an altering climate on the unique vegetation associations that make the Brule River, its fish and watershed among the highest quality watersheds in the State of Wisconsin.Project Partners: Mr. Paul Hlina, Research study Botanist Mr. Reed Schwarting, Junior Botanist/ Field Team Leader Ms. Stephanie Glass, Junior Botanist Mr. David Schulz, BRSF, Superintendent Dr. Loy Richard Phillippe, University of Illinois -Champaign Urbana- Professional of the vascular plants of the Great Smoky Mountains Dr. Mary Ann Feist-Senior Curator, Wisconsin State Herbarium Dr. Emmet Judziewicz-Retired Botany Teacher UW-Stevens Point and author of The Wildflowers of Wisconsin(2008)and Guidebook to Wisconsin Grasses(2015) Mr. Derek Anderson- MN DNR Rare Plant Specialist Dr. Brenda Molano Flores-University of Illinois-Plant Science
Professor Dr. Paul Brent Markum -Wetland Ecologist-Illinois Natural Heritage Program Dr. Jean Mengelkoch-
Mammal Ecologist-Specialty Bats-Illinois
Natural Heritage Program Dr. Donald Davidson Memorial Fund The fundraising goal for the Brule River Watershed project is $100,000. To-date the Foundation has actually secured$ 43,160. If you treasure the beautiful Brule River, and want to contribute to this watershed research job in memory of Dr. Don Davidson, you can do so online at uwsuper.edu/give2uws or by calling the Development Office at 715-394-8452.