San Diego Management & Monitoring Program

Vegetation Community
2008-2010 Evaluating Vegetation Data Collection Methods


Project description

The objective of this NCCP Local Assistance Grant and SANDAG EMP funded project is to evaluate different sampling designs and field protocols for monitoring coastal sage scrub (CSS) and chaparral vegetation communities. This effort addresses one of the two broad goals of the monitoring program, namely monitoring biodiversity and ecosystem function. The objective of this project is to evaluate the cost and accuracy of different sampling designs and field protocols for monitoring coastal sage scrub (CSS) and chaparral vegetation. This project builds on the Franklin, Regan and Deutschman LAG project funded by CDFG (Agreement #P0450009) and complements two other LAG grants. These projects include a review of the rare plant monitoring program for the MSCP by McEachern et al. (Agreement # P0350011) and a review of the animal monitoring portion of the MSCP by the USFWS (Agreement #P0585100). This report follows and elaborates on ideas presented in two earlier reports submitted to CA DFG (Deutschman, Franklin, and Lewison - Agreement # P0685105; Deutschman - Agreement # P0782006).

Project groups


Project Group: Vegetation Monitoring Methods

Project location

County: Baja California, Riverside, San Diego

General: Central-central, Central-west, North-central, North-west, South-central, South-west

MU: 1, 10, 11, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Project focus

Project type: Monitoring

Target vegetation: chaparral, coastal sage scrub

Investigator: Douglas Deutschman

Main implementing entity: San Diego State University

SDMMP lead: Emily Perkins

Study lead: Spring Strahm

Strategic elements

Budget year: pre FY15-1; Work plan objectives number:

Files and Documents

2008 Using Variance Components Analysis to Improve Vegetation Monitoring for the San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) Final Report

Author(s):Deutschman, Douglas; Strahm, Spring; Bailey, David; Franklin, Janet; Lewison, Rebecca