ESS 561: Natural Resource Inventory-Vegetation


74012 (for web registration)




Peter Palmiotto






Spring 2011

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 1/20 - 5/5 (8:00AM-10:59AM)


Competency Areas Spring 2010 and earlier: CB- Required Alt; Cert, EE, EAO, IND – elective; RMC – science elective
Competency Areas Fall 2010: Methods or elective
Restricted to Con Bio & SDCC students from December 7 – 14; open to all ES students on December 15.

This course focuses on methods used to inventory and describe natural vegetated communities. An NRI on a particular tract of land begins the process of data acquisition that eventually will be used in management decisions and to set conservation priorities. Students will review the basics of developing an NRI proposal, base mapping, and map & compass use, and then conduct field sampling of woody plants. We will take a preliminary look at those elements that comprise a well-rounded inventory and approach it from an ecological perspective. Lecture and field time will be combined to provide an in depth review of both plot and plotless (point) methods of analysis. Assessments will be derived from quantitative data in order to provide realistic guidance for natural resource management on private and public lands. *Functional knowledge of Excel software is required.