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What is a sedge?

What are Sedges? Sedges are a family of plants, the Cyperace. Most sedge species superficially resemble grasses, but upon close examination have several unique characteristics. Continue reading

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What is Riprap

Rip rap are hard structures usually made from rock or other debris on the shores of lakes and river to prevent erosion, but often it is just installed for looks. Continue reading

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What is Detritus?

Detritus is debris or waste of any kind.  When we think specifically of detritus in lakes and wetlands we think of the undecayed organic matter of plants and animals.  It is this that is typically the main source of nutrients … Continue reading

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What is a Forb?

A Forb is a herbaceous or non-woody plant that is not a grass, sedge or rush (graminoids), so practically all wildflowers fall into that category.  “Wildflower” is a loose term in itself, and could be said to include roses, which … Continue reading

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