The vegetation in Iowa has changed greatly since the advent of the settled. The prairie in Iowa has been virtually destroyed and there has been an advance of forest in all parts of Iowa (6). This study was made in order that a clearer understanding might be obtained of the primeval forest complex and its relation to prairie. Prairie made up about eighty-five per cent of the total vegetation in Iowa at the time of settlement (4). The forested area was completely cleared, hence, a study of the original forest as a link to yesterday is exceedingly difficult. It is doubtful if any of the trees representing the primeval forest still stand. Under these conditions, one of the best and most satisfactory methods of studying the forests of the past has been to utilize the original territory survey records. This was the method used for this study. Workers in Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan have made similar studies using this method (2) (5) (8) (9).
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Dick-Peddie, William A.
"Primeval Forest Types in lowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science: Vol. 60:
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