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    Author(s): Jesus Danilo Chinea; Louis R. Iverson
    Date: 1997
    Source: Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science. 90(1,2): 21-28.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    The forest cover of Champaign County, in east-central Illinois, was mapped from 1993 aerial photography and entered in a geographical information system database. One hundred and six forest patches cover 3,380 ha. These patches have a mean area of 32 ha, a mean perimeter of 4,851 m, a mean perimeter to area ratio of 237, a fractal dimension of 1.59, and a mean nearest neighbor distance of 620 m. However, only 480 ha can be considered interior forest. These results are compared with results of previous landscape level studies of Illinois, and the implications of these results for conservation and management of this landscape are discussed.

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    Chinea, Jesus Danilo; Iverson, Louis R. 1997. Forest cover of Champaign County, Illinois in 1993. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science. 90(1,2): 21-28.

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