Monitoring plants and plant communities
Monitoring involves the collection and analysis of repeated observations or measurements to evaluate changes in condition and/or progress toward meeting a management objective. Information is provided here about monitoring plants.
DOC staff monitoring Lepidium on the Chatham Islands. Photo: John Sawyer.
Monitoring is done:
- To determine the effectiveness of conservation management work
- To detect trends in the condition of species or plant communities as a result of environmental changes.
There are a number of monitoring techniques that are useful when monitoring plant populations, plant communities or ecosystems or the effects of conservation management activities:
Grids are often used when monitoring small species. Photo: John Sawyer
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This page last updated on 6 Nov 2012