The vegetation monitoring program consists of three parts: vegetation monitoring and research, microclimate and soils monitoring and research, and plant covered species monitoring and research.
Vegetation Monitoring and Research: Research and monitoring of vegetation in the conservation areas is primarily targeted to improving vegetation growth and survival, testing alternate propagation and habitat establishment techniques, determining habitat creation potential based on ecological functions, evaluating technologies to assist in meeting specific habitat requirements, creating habitat suitability index models, and evaluating created land cover types to determine if they meet species specific habitat needs.
Microclimate and Soils Monitoring and Research: Microclimate studies and monitoring will focus on determining the microclimate needs of the terrestrial covered and evaluation species. These will then be compared to measurements in the conservation areas to ensure proper needs of the species are met. Soils research and monitoring will determine specific soil types needed for appropriate vegetation production, and soil moisture needs of the covered and evaluation species. The results of the research will be incorporated into the creation of conservation areas and measured to ensure appropriate habitat needs are met.
Covered Species Monitoring and Research: Two covered plant species include the three-corner milkvetch and the sticky buckwheat. These two species are covered by a conservation measure that provides funding to a qualified conservation group.
Vegetation and Habitat
Updated November 26, 2012