Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative

Massachusetts Forest Health Monitoring: Subplot Identifying Information

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  • Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative

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

      Phone: (802) 391-4135


    The Forest Health Monitoring Program was established in 1991 as a joint effort between the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) and the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative (VMC) (as of March 2017 renamed to Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative (FEMC)) to monitor the condition of a range of tree species in Vermont. Plot design follows the structure set by the National Forest Health Monitoring Program with additional metrics added to reflect improvements in monitoring technologies and additions to monitoring objectives. In collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the FEMC expanded the Forest Health Monitoring program that has been running in Vermont for over 15 years to Massachusetts. In 2019 twenty forested plots were selected from the network of plots that MA DCR has maintained to monitor wood quality and yield on state lands since the 1960s. The goal is to establish a total of twenty-five plots by 2020. Plots were selected to be representative of MA forest composition and distributed across the state. The field crews measured tree demography, including saplings and seedlings, recorded browse, invasive species, and damages, and assessed crown health, among other metrics. Plots will be assessed on an annual basis to provide an early warning sign of forest stress and changes in demography. We thank Bill VanDoren and Nicole Keleher at MA DCR for help with this effort.


  • Alexandra Kosiba: Principal Investigator

  • James Duncan: Principal Investigator

  • John Truong: Principal Investigator

  • Matthias Nevins: Content Provider

  • Matthias Sirch: Content Provider

  • Brenna Christensen: Content Provider

  • Eva Paradiso: Content Provider

  • Julia Pupko: Content Provider

  • Bill VanDoren: Content Provider

  • Nicole Keleher: Content Provider


  • forest health monitoring, subplot information,


  • Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative (FEMC) : lead
  • Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation : partner

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    Data Table

    • Title: Subplot Identifying Information
    • Start Date: 2019-08-13
    • End Date: 2021-12-31
    • Description: Foundational information about subplots, including locations, condition and updates

    • Purpose: Track subplot-level information about forest health monitoring plots

    • Condensed Title: Z1624_3217_E7WORI

    • Object Name: VMC.1624.3217

    • Data Type: mySQL
    • Citation: Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (2020) Subplot Identifying Information. FEMC. Available online at:

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    Attribute List

      Attribute Name: CardinalDirection
      • Label: CardinalDirection
      • Storage Type: text
      • Measurment Type: nominal
      Attribute Name: PlotID
      • Label: PlotID
      • Description: Unique plot identifier based off of MA DCR CFI plot ids
      • Storage Type: text
      • Measurment Type: nominal
      Attribute Name: SubplotID
      • Label: SubplotID
      • Description: Per each plot there are 4 subplots labeled given a number 1 -4. Subplot 1 is north, 2 is east, 3 is south, and 4 is west.
      • Storage Type: int
      • Measurment Type: nominal


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