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State Buffer Preserve Program

St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve - Ecological Restoration and Protection of Native Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functions

The natural systems that occur on Buffer Preserve lands form a complex mosaic of natural communities that are not managed independently of each other. Most natural communities that occur on the Buffer Preserve are fire dependent or fire-adapted. The preserve's fire dependent communities include sandhill, scrub, scrubby flatwoods, mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, and wet prairie. The frequent application of prescribed fire is the single most important and cost-effective management tool used to benefit listed species and promote biodiversity in those communities.

St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve - Protection of Cultural and Historical Resources

The lands and waters that make up the Buffer Preserve have a rich history of human occupation. To adequately assess and interpret the full range of cultural resources, the preserve facilitates and conducts research to serve as a foundation for developing a comprehensive cultural resources management plan starting with a detailed assessment of the location and description of these resources. As the Buffer Preserve's archaeological surveys and artifact collection inventory progresses, this information is incorporated into its education and outreach programs.


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