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Deer Run Nature Park

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Natural Forest Community
Natural Forest Community

As you walk along this path leading to Deer Run forest community, observe the great number of weed species that have invaded the right-of-way of the park. The clearing of vegetation for residential development creates an "edge effect": a loss of wildlife habitat due to openings in the vegetation layers along the edges of adjacent natural areas. It is the vigorous and highly adaptive species of plants such as weeds and herbaceous perennials that rapidly colonize the bare areas and prevent seedlings of woody plants from establishing. If disturbed forest areas are left to regenerate, weed species are eventually replaced by woody successors, thus re-establishing themselves as the forest dominants.