MassWildlife conducts long-term biological monitoring at locations where habitat management activities take place across the state. Biological monitoring began in 1999, is an essential part of the Habitat Program, and generally includes one or more of the following:
- vegetation sampling to determine the abundance of plants to determine regeneration success of desired tree species on harvested sites
- wildlife sampling to determine habitat use (e.g., breeding bird surveys, butterfly/moth surveys)
- identification and location of invasive plants for subsequent control efforts
- identification and location of rare plants in order to design mitigation during harvesting activities
- photo documentation of pre- and post-harvest conditions
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