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Measuring Plant DiversityLessons from the Field$
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Thomas J. Stohlgren

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172331.001.0001

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Case Study

Case Study

Designing a Monitoring Program for Assessing Patterns of Plant Diversity in Forests Nationwide

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Measuring Plant Diversity

Thomas J. Stohlgren

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the difficulties in designing the plant diversity component of monitoring programs designed to report the condition and production of the nation's forests, including changes in understory plant diversity. The methods were modified to be flexible enough to work equally well in a variety of forest types, yet standardized enough to allow for highly comparable data on plant diversity across the United States. The US Department of Agriculture's Forest Health Monitoring program accomplished this task. It is a national program that makes annual evaluations of the condition, changes, and trends in the health of forest ecosystems in the US. The monitoring program consists of a nationwide, uniform distribution of sample plots providing a large, unbiased sample of the nation's forests (1 plot/63,942 ha).

Keywords:   multi-scale sampling, forest inventory, forest analysis, nested-scale approaches

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