Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative

Vermont Long-Term Soil Monitoring Program: Understory Herbaceous Plant List

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Metadata Provider

  • Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative

    • Address:
      705 Spear Street
      South Burlington, Vermont 05403
      United States of America

      Phone: (802) 391-4135


    Long-term monitoring of forest soils is necessary to understand the effects of continued environmental change, including climate change, atmospheric deposition of metals, and recovery from acidic precipitation. A monitoring program was initiated in 2002 at five protected forest sites in Vermont, three in Mt. Mansfield State Forest and two in the Lye Brook Wilderness Area. Every 5 years at each site, ten soil pits are dug and sampled from subplots in a 50 × 50-m plot.


  • Joshua Halman: Content Provider

  • Carl Waite: Content Provider

  • Sandra Wilmot: Content Provider

  • Nancy Burt: Content Provider

  • Jamie Shanley: Content Provider

  • Deane Wang: Content Provider

  • Sean Lawson: Content Provider

  • Thomas Villars: Principal Investigator

  • Scott Bailey: Principal Investigator

  • Donald Ross: Principal Investigator

  • James Duncan: Content Provider

  • Jennifer Wright: Content Provider

  • Angelica Quintana: Content Provider


  • forest health, long-term monitoring, plants, soils, understory vegetation,


  • United States Geological Survey (USGS) : partner
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service: partner
  • Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative (FEMC) : partner
  • University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: partner
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests: partner

Geographic Coverage

  • Coordinates
    • -73.059551667, 43.05681667
    • -72.79543333, 43.05681667
    • -72.79543333, 44.53525
    • -73.059551667, 44.53525
    • -73.059551667, 43.05681667

Data Table

  • Title: Understory Herbaceous Plant List
  • Start Date: 2002-06-01
  • End Date: 2007-06-01
  • Description: Tracking presence-absence of all plant species encountered between each of the 5 sites. A survey of each 50m^2 site was conducted in 2002 to identify all plants to species where possible without recording abundance data. In 2007, using the data collected in 2002, an inventory of plants present across each 50m^2 site was completed in addition to other inventory work. In 2012 the protocol was changed and presence/absence was no longer collected. Instead, the protocol switched to an abundance measure (percent cover) at each of the 10 assigned plots per site for that sampling year.

  • Purpose: Track presence/absence of vegetative understory within Long-Term Soil Monitoring plot network.

  • Condensed Title: Z0161_2467_03SB0Z

  • Object Name: VMC.161.2467

  • Data Type: mySQL
  • 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 Plant List. FEMC. Available online at:

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Attribute List

    Attribute Name: CommonName
    • Label: Common Name
    • Description: Common name of herbaceous species encountered.
    • Storage Type: text
    • Measurment Type: nominal
    Attribute Name: enuPurpose
    • Label: Purpose
    • Description: Purpose of visit
    • Storage Type: text
    • Measurment Type: nominal
    Attribute Name: fkSiteID
    • Label: Site ID
    • Description: Site ID
    • Storage Type: text
    • Measurment Type: nominal
    Attribute Name: fldYear
    • Label: Year
    • Description: Year
    • Storage Type: date
    • Measurment Type: datetime
    • String Format: YYYY
    Attribute Name: Genus
    • Label: Genus
    • Description: Genus of herbaceous species encountered
    • Storage Type: text
    • Measurment Type: nominal
    Attribute Name: PresenceAbsence
    • Label: Presence Absence
    • Description: P = present, A = absent
    • Storage Type: text
    • Measurment Type: nominal
    Attribute Name: Species
    • Label: Species
    • Description: Specific epithet for herbaceous species encountered
    • Storage Type: text
    • Measurment Type: nominal


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Sampling Equipment

  • No sampling equipment recorded for this dataset

Site Characteristics

  • No site characteristics recorded for this dataset