What this Lesson designed to accomplish?
At the beginning of every journey, it is easy to forget
important details (like packing socks) because we often focus on
the destination. The same is true for
vegetation monitoring. At the beginning of every project
it is easy to jump to "where" to collect data and "what" method
to use. However, the success or failure of most studies and
surveys of plant communities hinges on how well the journey is
planned, not how well the field data are collected.
This section will lay the foundation and set the landscape on which
monitoring plans come to life. The purpose of this section is to explore steps
in designing and conducting vegetation monitoring projects. Specific concepts
and tools will complete the story in subsequent sections of this course.
monitoring is and why it is important in natural
Explain the steps
required to design and establish a monitoring protocol.
Explain the differences between how managers and
scientists might plan and implement a monitoring protocol.
difference between a symptom and a problem.
different priority systems used in natural resources monitoring.
meanings of the word, "scale" as it is used in natural resources.
difficulties that may hamper a monitoring protocol.