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This document summarizes the activities that were accomplished in FY 2009 on the research project “Cape Sable seaside sparrow habitat – Vegetation Monitoring”, a collaborative effort among the US Army Corps of Engineers, Florida International University, and the US Geological Survey. The major activities in 2009 included field work, data analysis and presentations. The results of 2009 field work were presented at the 4th International Congress of Fire Ecology and Management, Savannah, GA from November 30 to Dec 5, 2009 and at the Cape Sable seaside sparrow (CSSS) Fire Meeting, held at the Krome Center, Homestead, FL on December 8, 2009. Field sampling was conducted between March 23 and June 3, 2009, during which we resurveyed 234 sites: 191 Census sites, 3 sites on Transect B, 7 sites on Transect D, and 33 sites on Transect F. The number of sites sampled in 2009 was higher than in any previous year, primarily because a large number of sites burned in Mustang Corner fire and three other wild fires in 2008 were included in 2009 sampling. At all sites surveyed in 2009, we recorded structural and compositional vegetation parameters following the methods used in previous years (2003-2008) and tagged shrubs and trees (woody plants > 1 m) present in the 5 x 60 m plots. In addition, for the first time, we measured height of sawgrass (Cladium jamaicense) stubble in the compositional plots at the sites that were burned in 2008. Field data were entered by field crews, and were thoroughly checked by Jay Sah (Co-PI) to ensure that the data were complete, correct, and compliant with sampling methodologies. The data are stored under a project folder on a shared network drive maintained by the Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC) at FIU. The shared network drive is backed up daily.


A report from the South Florida Terrestrial Ecosystems Lab (SOFTEL).



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