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Vegetation Sampling Protocol for Xeric Habitats of the Northeast

Written by Drs. Helen M. Poulos and Andrew M. Barton, Poulos Environmental Consulting, LLC

This sampling protocol was created to assess changes in vegetation structure and plant species composition in response to adaptive management activities (such as mechanical or prescribed fire activities) in grassland, shrubland, open canopy woodland, and various forest communities.

It was designed to work with the Northeast Regional Conservation Needs project addressing pollinator populations in xeric habitats led by Dr. Jonathon Regosin. This protocol could be adapted for any vegetation monitoring purpose and has been posted here as an example for others to adapt.

This project was supported by State Wildlife Grant funding awarded through the Northeast Regional Conservation Needs (RCN) Program. The RCN Program joins thirteen northeast states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in a partnership to address landscape-scale, regional wildlife conservation issues.

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