Tyson Glade Project
The experimental glade creations on Tyson are used to ask questions about why certain plants do or do not live in glades of different shapes and sizes. In total, we created almost 25 acres of glade. That area is broken into small, medium and large glades that are either round or star shaped. This study looks at the influences of size, edge effects, and dispersal ability on the overall plant community. We are also looking at population growth and other demographic patterns of rare and glade endemic plants. Eventually, after we put all this information together, we’ll have learned a lot about the process of restoring glades and how best to promote the establishment and survival of rare and endemic plants. This is a long term project that will hopefully be a part of Tyson’s future for many decades to come. It will also provide many opportunities for student, post-doc and collaborative research.