FT 15
Field Sampling Methods for the National Vegetation Classification (CANCELLED)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
Charles St. Entrance, Baltimore Convention Center
Chris Lea, ESA Panel on Vegetation Classification
Rod Simmons, City of Alexandria; and Alexa McKerrow, United States Geological Survey
This session will be a hands-on instructional field workshop in setting up plots and collecting data for the purpose of floristic classification of vegetation, including minimum requirements for the U.S. National Vegetation Classification (http://usnvc.org/). While the workshop will be suitable for beginners, more advanced logistical considerations will be covered. The workshop will be held in upland and floodplain forests in Patapsco Falls State Park, along of Atlantic Fall Line gorges in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Familiarity with local vegetation is helpful, but not required; instructors will assist with plant identification.

Registration Fee: $65

Equipment and Attire: Clothes suitable for outdoor field work (e.g., long pants) and sturdy walking shoes should be worn. A day pack for personal outdoor gear is recommended. Bring rain gear, water, and sun protection (hat, sun screen). Exposure to poison ivy and stinging/biting insects is possible; repellants are recommended. Walking distances will be minimal (up to 1/4 mile total walking), but exercises will be conducted off trails and occasionally on moderately steep hillsides.

Itinerary: 12:00 PM Depart Baltimore Convention Center 12:20 PM Arrive, entrance, Patapsco State Park (Avalon/Orange Grove areas) entrance (5260 South Street, Baltimore, MD (intersection of South Street and River Road)) 12:30 PM Arrive Cascade Falls parking area; lunch 1:00 Conduct vegetation field sampling exercises, Cascade Falls area 4:30 PM Depart Cascade Falls parking area 5:00 PM Arrive, Baltimore Convention Center

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