Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Invasive Plant Project
Invasive Plant Monitoring ProjectThis project is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture

Data Collection

Protocols have changed for 2011. They were simplified compared to the 2006-2009 study.

Plant data collection

A description of the 2011 data collection methods (pdf)

How to Take Photos of Plants

A Guide to Plant Photography (Powerpoint presentation)

GPS Unit Training

Guide we made   video

Note: You may have one of two models of GPS units.  They are essentially the same except for the steps to find the Accuracy, or GPS error.  The difference is noted in the 'Guide we made'

Legend H users: the error can be found by navigating to the 'Satellite Page' from the 'Main Menu'. In the lower right you will see the error noted as "+/- ___ feet"

If you want to know more:

Garmin's Quick Guide (pdf)

Garmin's full guide (pdf)

Materials for the trail


Take this handy guide that outlines the 2011 data collection methods (pdf)

Data Sheets

Phase 1 data sheet (pdf) --you should be armed with twenty (20) of these! You may not need all of them, but better to be safe. Feel free to print double-sided.

Phase 2 data sheet (pdf)

Phase 1&2 combined data sheet (pdf)

Additional documents

Quick ID Guide with your own notes on it from training.

Full Plant ID Guide with photos and look-alikes.