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Vegetation Survey and Monitoring Project

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With the new addition of the deer exclosure at Flat Rock Brook, forest regeneration and rebounding native vegetation are expected to occur in the next several years.  The decrease of deer browsing on new plant growth will have a highly beneficial effect on overall forest health, which will result in better habitat for wildlife species. 

Through the generosity of private donations, we will begin a study in Spring 2018 to survery the current vegetation communities that make up our 150-acre forest and monitor them over time to see how they change in their structure, composition, stability and overall health.  This study is one of the most important steps we can take to measure how the forest is responding to the management changes we are implementing.  It will also identify areas of high priority in our forest that need more focus and resources.  The primary goal is to facilitate regeneration of native plant communities and allow the forest understory to recover and return.

The vegetation study and monitoring project will have three important outcomes:

  • Providing a baseline data set of plant species in our forest, including characteristics and location
  • Monitoring the health of the forest allowing us to identify management actions to facilitate regeneration and stability
  • Creating public, student  and professional opportunities to engage in land management at Flat Rock Brook

 

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