USING HISTORICAL RECORDS TO DETERMINE VEGETATIONAL VARIATIONS IN STREAMBANK COVER FROM 19th CENTURY SETTLEMENT TO PRESENT DAY IN THE ROOT RIVER SUB-WATERSHEDS OF SOUTH EASTERN MINNESOTA
Rush Creek joins the Root River near Rushford, MN. This watershed is significant because it is one of few rural sub-watersheds, and has 90% of its land use in agriculture today, with only about 1% still containing lakes, streams or wetlands. The Pine/Hemingway creeks lie within bluff land, where the majority of the land is privately owned for agriculture, whereas 35% is state forested land. Historical research will be used to evaluate geologic and land use history and estimate how the streambanks have changed. With this information, interpretations can be made for future planning decisions. The results of this research will help provide insight into how the landscape in southeastern Minnesota watersheds has changed since pre-settlement and predict future vegetation developments in these sub-watersheds.