Dataset Overview

In addition to collecting presence/absence of herbaceous species at each plot, beginning in 2012 abundance measure (percent cover). A 5m^2 PVC square was placed on the perimeter or each plot, then all plants whose stem originated in the square were recorded by species and percent cover.

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Measure herbaceous species abundance per plot.

Data Collection Status

Data collection for this dataset is ongoing

Start date



1800 records with 8 fields

Data Availability

Available for download

Data License

CC BY-SA - Attribution, Share alike license logo

Preferred Citation

Natural Resources Conservation Service, Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative, University of Vermont, USDA Forest Service, Green Mountain National Forest and Northern Research Station, and US Geological Survey (2018) Understory Herbaceous Cover. FEMC. Available online at:

Update Frequency

As needed

Maintenance Plan

Sampling began in 2012, will occur every 5 years.


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