Observing the Forested Landscape

Observer:

Date:

Place:

Ownership:

Boundaries and size:

Topography:

Elevation:

Slope:

Aspect:

Bedrock geology:

Surficial geology:

Today’s conditions:

Sketch map

 

Vegetation

Layer Height and Continuity Dominant Species (% cover or basal area)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soil Series:

Horizon Thickness Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drainage class

Notes:

 

 

Current land use:

 

Age of the current community:

 

 

Land use history:

 

 

Predicted development of this ecosystem:

 

 

Management recommendations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

How could you document the patterns you observed?

 

 

 

 

Pose some testable hypotheses to explain the observed patterns.

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What tools would you need?

 

 

How many and what kind of measurements would you make?