Dataset Overview

Field data collected on coarse woody debris (CWD). CWD includes downed, dead tree and shrub boles, large limbs, and other woody pieces that are severed from their original source of growth and are on the ground. Wood pieces must be >3.0 inches in diameter at the point of intersection with the transect.

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To quantify the nature of dead and down material on plots in the LEMP network in order to monitor carbon sequestration and the storage and cycling of nutrients and water.

Data Collection Status

Data collection for this dataset is ongoing

Start date


Anticipated end date



71 records with 11 fields

Data Availability

Available for download

Data License

CC BY-SA - Attribution, Share alike license logo

Preferred Citation

Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests. 2016. Coarse Woody Debris, Long-term Ecosystem Monitoring Project. FEMC. Can be found at:

Update Frequency

As needed

Maintenance Plan

The project will continue for the next 50 years or so. Sampling happens over the course of 4 years every 10 years. Sampling will resume again in 2018 and go over the same plots through 2021 and so forth.


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