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Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals

Vegetation Monitoring in a Management Context (VM)

Photograph: Two botanist take a close up look at a plant for identification on a transect.Objective is to equip you with the basic skills to design and implement a vegetation monitoring program. Topics include: determining project priorities, defining project objectives, developing sampling designs, choosing sampling methods, analyzing and interpreting monitoring data, and reporting results. Plant populations and communities are emphasized. Through group and individual exercises, you will apply concepts to realistic monitoring scenarios including rare and endangered species and unique habitats. Target audience is natural resource professionals who work with plant populations and communities management.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also offers a similar workshop - Measuring & Monitoring of Plant Populations & Vegetation.
(If this link doesn't work go to BLM's USDI LEARN - webpage and search "monitoring", then scroll for the workshop by title. "Click" on the title; apply at the bottom of the page.)

The University of Florida hosts a number of courses in this topic area. View their offerings at their site. Conservation Site Assessment and Planning might meet your needs too.

Know Before Attending:
It is a good idea to be familiar with statistics BEFORE you arrive at the workshop. The cadre will help you with statistics, but, obviously, it will slow down learning the concepts of monitoring. Options for brushing up on your statistics knowledge:

  • Review our statistics page
  • Or check out statistics courses on For example, Khan Academy
  • Contact Shelly Witt to borrow a copy of the book "The Cartoon Guide to Statistics" by Larry Gonick.
    • All registered participants will be loaned the book at least 4 months prior to the workshop.
  • Pull out your old college statistics book - engage in some self tutoring

Knowing statistics before attending is highly recommended, because, after all, you want to get the most out of your time and money, right?!

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Agenda & Workshop Info

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Forest Service Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals
Author: Shelly Witt, National Continuing Education Coordinator,
WFW staff
Phone: 435-881-4203
Expires: none

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 Last Modified: January 2013