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Rapid Assessment Method (18 m Radius)

County: ___________________________ USGS Quadrangle: _________________________

Site Letter: ______ Site Name: ___________________________________________________

Tract Landowner: ______________________ Contact Person: __________________________

Survey Point #: ____ Date: ___________ Observer(s): ________________________________

 

A) Terrain Topography (Choose One): __________

 NR (Narrow Ridgetop/Hogback) SS (Steep Slope) NB (Narrow Creek Bottom)
 WR (WideTable Ridge) GS (Gentle Slope) WB (Wide Bottomland)

     Aspect (Choose One if Slope): ____________ N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW

 

B) Miscellaneous Features Indicate any of the following that are evident: ____________

 

OP (open-grown trees) GR (current livestock grazing) LG (logging in the last 5 years)
GD (girdling of trees) RO (large, massive rocky outcrops) ST (siltation)

    other (please describe)_______________________________________________________

 

C) Tree Size  Indicate species and DBH of largest tree in each quadrant of the plot (within 18 m).

Quadrant
Species
DBH (cm)
NE
___________________________
__________

SE

___________________________

__________

SW

___________________________

__________

NW

___________________________

__________

 

D) Total Canopy* Cover Indicate the percent of the plot that is covered by canopy trees:________

      a) 0-24% b) 25-49% c) 50-74% d) 75-100%

 

E) Canopy* Composition Indicate species with:

     At least 25% Total Cover:

___________________   ___________________   ___________________   ___________________

     Less than 25% Total Cover:

___________________   ___________________   ___________________   ___________________

___________________   ___________________   ___________________   ___________________

___________________   ___________________   ___________________   ___________________

 

* A "canopy" plant has its crown exposed to the sky not due to a canopy gap

F) Total Subcanopy* Cover Indicate the percent of the plot that is shaded by small trees, saplings, shrubs and twining vines > 2 m tall but beneath the canopy. ___________

     a) 0-24% b) 25-49% c) 50-74% d) 75-100%

 

G) Subcanopy* Composition Indicate species with:

     At least 25% Total Cover

___________________   ___________________   ___________________   ___________________ 

     Less than 25% Total Cover

___________________   ___________________   ___________________   ___________________

___________________   ___________________   ___________________   ___________________

H) Total Shrub** Cover Indicate the total percent of the plot that is shaded by small trees, saplings, and shrubs < 2 m tall. __________

     a) < 1% b) 1-10% c) 11-25% d) 26-50% e) 51-75% f) 76-100%

I) Shrub** Composition Indicate species with:

 

___________________   ___________________   ___________________   ___________________

     Between 10% and 25% Total Cover

___________________   ___________________   ___________________   ___________________

___________________   ___________________   ___________________   ___________________

 

     Less than 10% Total Cover

___________________   ___________________   ___________________   ___________________

___________________   ___________________   ___________________   ___________________

___________________   ___________________   ___________________   ___________________

 

J) Total Cover By Disturbance Indicators  The following may indicate recent human disturbance:

barberry black raspberry cultivated honeysuckle european buckthorn
hawthorn honey locust Missouri gooseberry multiflora rose
prickly ash red raspberry    

Indicate the total percent cover by the above shrubs (all species combined) in the plot.__________

     a) 0-1% b) 2-9% c) 10-24% d) 25-49% e) 50-74% f) 75-100%

 

* A "subcanopy" species is any woody plant at least 2 m high and beneath the canopy.

** A "shrub" is any woody plant less than 2 m high