Forest Monitoring Team
Grass Lawn Pavilion
7031 148th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98025
The forest Monitoring Team is comprised of volunteers from the community. They are trained in the monitoring techniques to collect vegetation data in restoration sites within urban Parks. This information will help to identify successes and limitations of management strategies and aid in reaching the overall goal of creating healthy urban forests and natural areas. Monitoring The monitoring plots are circular and 1/10th acre in size. They are first established in sites that have not yet been restored; this is the baseline data for the site. After restoration has occurred on the site (invasive plants removed, trees and vegetation planted), the Forest Monitoring Team returns to the site annually to collect data and document change, usually the following year. The data collected includes:
- Plot Characteristics: Soil, aspect, slope, canopy cover, habitat type, etc.
- Vegetation cover: Percent cover of shrubs, herbaceous plants and vines
- Tree Density: Species count, health, height and diameter Volunteering
As a volunteer with the Forest Monitoring Team, you get the opportunity to explore the many parks within your city, meet new people in your community, learn about native plants and urban forest ecology and have fun outdoors while collecting scientific data. Training is provided to learn the techniques used to monitor the restoration plots, no prior experience is needed. After volunteers are trained, they are asked to commit to monitoring at least two plots during the season (June-October), but of course more are encouraged. All plots are monitored with two or more people and can take anywhere from two to four hours, depending on the complexity of the site. Data is collected on data forms in the field and then entered by the volunteer into an online database. Upon entry of the data, the volunteer will receive a user-friendly report of the analysis of the data. This data will also be shared with on-site managers and the Parks Department. Please contact Malia Caracoglia, Forest Monitoring Program Coordinator, with any questions or to sign up for a training at email@example.com or 206-992-6853
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