A Botanical Survey of Presque Isle Erie County Pennsylvania by Otto E Jennings
This article was published in the Annals of the Carnegie Museum in 1909. The survey of Presque Isle was led by Otto Jennings, a prominent botanist for whom the Jennings Environmental Education Center was named.
The survey was performed about 100 years after it was used a naval base during the War of 1812, and about 12 years before it became a state park. This is an important baseline study as there are no non-native plants identified in the plant list at the end of article.
A recent visit by ArcheWild staff to Presque isle found that the bayside shoreline and the edges along the walking paths have become infested with non-native species, particularly honeysuckle, rose, and knotweed. Although few of what would have been common species could be found, the major plant community types seem to remain largely intact.
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