UCF

Landscape & Natural Resources

Monitoring

Vegetation monitoring is the collecting of plant occurrence data as in order to determine habitat health and to record changes in the plant community at specific monitoring locations in the undeveloped portions of campus. Vegetation monitoring serves as a mechanism for obtaining data that help us to determine community type and changes to that community type over time. Forty-six (46) different monitoring plots are visited biannually, once in the summer growing season and once in the dormant winter season. Plant composition is recorded at each plot. This process provides valuable information that is crucial to the Natural Resources Team’s effective management of the land. It is their duty to promote biodiversity and ecosystem health for the different communities harbored on campus. The community types are defined by the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI).