Plant community data is critical information for park managers. We record plant species and how abundant they are at our parks. This information helps us understand changes in park vegetation. Tracking plant community trends is the basis for good conservation.
Monitoring Questions & Approach
We monitor plant communities in Heartland Network parks to learn about trends in species. There are three main monitoring questions:
- Which plant species are there and how do they relate to each other?
- Have species composition, structure, and diversity of plant communities changed over time?
- How does the environment influence plants? For example, how do weather, climate change, management actions, and past land use shape the plant communities?