|Dunegrass||Plant communities dominated by Leymus mollis (American dunegrass) with generally high diversity of forb species.|
|Emergent marsh transition||Plant assemblages including relatively pure emergent marsh plants such as Juncus spp. (rushes), Carex spp. (sedges), Potentilla anserina (Pacific silverweed), Rumex salicifolius (willow dock), and Eleocharis palustris (spike rush). In addition, this vegetation cover type includes vegetation that typically occurs between the narrow bands of emergent marsh vegetation that are subject to regular and relatively large tidally-driven water level fluctuations and patches of riparian shrub or riparian forest that typically are inundated by river flooding vs. tidal fluctuations.|
|Mixed riparian forest||Mature forests composed of deciduous and coniferous trees with shrub understory. Common overstory trees include Acer macrophyllum (bigleaf maple), Populus balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa (black cottonwood), Alnus rubra (red alder), Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas-fir), Thuja plicata (western red cedar), and Abies grandis (grand fir).|
|Riparian shrub||Plant assemblages characterized by high shrub cover, including: Rosa nutkana (Nutka rose), Rosa pisocarpa (clustered wild rose), Crataegus douglasii (black hawthorne), Lonicera involucrata (black twinberry), Malus fusca (Pacific crab apple), Oemleria cerasiformis (Indian-plum), Rubus spectabilis (salmonberry), and Symphoricarpos albus (common snowberry).|
|Willow-alder forest||Young deciduous forest composed primarily of Salix spp. (willow species) and Alnus rubra (red alder).|
|before||before dam removal (sampled in 2007)|
|during||during dam removal (sampled in 2014)|
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Matt Beirne and Rebecca Paradis (Lower Elwha Klallam tribe) contributed to all aspects of this work. Tracy Fuentes, Cindy Pritekel, and Vanessa Beauchamp helped with the 2007 vegetation data collection and analysis. Jarrett Schuster, Cody Thomas, and Jamie Michel helped with 2014 vegetation data collection. Aaron Freeman helped with planform habitat mapping and metadata creation.
Data were obtained to assess the change in plant species richness in the Elwha estuary following the removal of two dams on the Elwha River between 2011 and 2014.
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