Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Vegetation Survey Analysis

At long last, thanks to our new data analyst volunteer, Lilli Johnson, we are now able to present some concrete results of the prairie restoration efforts.  Essentially, we have been conducting annual spring/summer vegetation surveys, beginning with the year prior to commencement of the restoration project.  

The survey consists of approximately 10 static transect lines of 20 meters in length. The vegetation is catalogued out for one meter in alternative directions on every other meter of the transect.

While it was possible to simply look at the prairie and gauge the impact, it is comforting to see these actual comparisons of native and non-native species over the surveys.