The Stewardship Team at Duke Farms has developed and implemented a comprehensive monitoring plan, covering all aspects of the restoration process.
Data collected from field monitoring and management are used to track the progress of restoration projects and to assess habitat function for flora and fauna. The plan includes a rubric for tracking costs and time investment in all stewardship activities.
Without the process of monitoring and tracking the efficacy of restoration activities, there is no way to determine if the financial and labor investment has lead to the intended outcomes.
Monitoring also allows for land management planning to be adaptive and proactive.
Researcher using a square meter plot to collect vegetation monitoring data.
Duke Farms staff using a secchi board to measure the amount of native and non-native plants within the deer browse zone.