High resolution GIS mapping and current status of the ten viable populations of Short’s goldenrod (Solidago shortii – Asteraceae) in Kentucky

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Patrick CalieORCID iD iconhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3705-4742


Biological Sciences

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Short's goldenrod (Solidago shortii Torr. & A. Gray) is an endemic species with a highly restricted distribution, the Kentucky populations occurring in and around the vicinity of Blue Licks in the northeastern portion of the state. The general occurrence of the species was first mapped in 1987, with several similar maps being published from 1989-2000. Due to changes in local land use practices the status of the populations has rapily changed rendering these maps obselete. A census of all populations was conducted and the precise topographic location and physical boundaries of each extant population was mapped using field reconnaissance techniques and GIS mapping technology. Between 1989 and 2003 four of the original populations were extirpated, eight declined in number of stems present, and one increased in both number of stems and area coverage.

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SIDA, Contributions to Botany

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