Current Vegetation Survey (part of national vegetation mapping program)

Long term vegetation sampling for monitoring and current conditions. Permanent one hectare plots are installed every 1.7 miles in a grid pattern, to be remeasured in an 8-10 year cycle. Above ground vegetation is tallied, numbered, and referenced, where available; shrubs, herbs, forbs species and crown cover are estimated on five 1/20th acre subplots. Down woody debris is tallied using five 51.1’ line transects. Objective is condition database and remeasurability. Locations will also be used to tally lichens, wildlife, etc. on other studies.


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