Introduction

This module describes methods to inventory and monitor vegetation communities and forest canopies.

How to use this module

Introduction

How to decide the best method for vegetation monitoring (PDF, 1,141K) 
Read this introduction and consult the comparative tables and decision trees to help you decide the method(s) best suited for your project objectives.

Methods

Aerial canopy survey (PDF, 1,289K) 
This method can monitoring the dieback and overall condition of the forest canopy.

Foliar browse index (PDF, 471K) 
This method monitors changes to the condition of the forest canopy in response to possum browse pressure.

Permanent 20 x 20 m forest plots (PDF, 1,228K) 
This method is more suitable to monitor changes to the composition and structure of woody vegetation.

RECCE plots (PDF, 1,140K) 
This method can inventory and monitor changes the composition and structure of woody and non-woody plant communities.

Scott height frequency transects (PDF, 1,185K) 
This method can inventory and monitor changes to the structure and diversity of grasslands and other non-woody plant communities.

Wraight plots (PDF, 1,351K) 
This method can inventory and monitor changes to the structure and diversity of grasslands and other non-woody plant communities.


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On the National Vegetation Survey Databank website you can access:

  • Field manuals for foliar browse index
  • 20 x 20 m forest plots
  • RECCE forest plots
  • Scott height frequency transects
  • Wraight plots.
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