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Vegetation monitoring

August 1, 2022

Sonoran Institute, Pronatura Noroeste, and University of Arizona conducted vegetation monitoring in riparian restoration sites and control sites along the Colorado River corridor in Mexico during the fall (end of the growing season) of 2018. The overall goal of the vegetation monitoring program was to quantify impacts of restoration actions on the extent, composition, and structure of riparian habitat and to relate habitat characteristics to bird abundance and diversity. Specific monitoring objectives were to measure the vegetation vertical structure, density, and cover by species in active riparian restoration sites that had been planted prior to 2017 (> 2 years of growth) in Laguna Grande (CILA, Herradura, and Cori sites) and Miguel Alemán (Fig. 3-1) and to compare vegetation metrics in the restoration sites to the control sites to assess impacts of restoration. The Chaussé restoration site is scheduled for initial monitoring in 2021.

This report chapter summarizes 2018 results from the restoration and control sites and compares restoration site results between 2017 and 2018.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2022
Title Vegetation monitoring
Authors Karen Schlatter, Martha Gomez-Sapiens, Helen Salazar, Alejandra Calvo-Fonseca, Patrick B. Shafroth, Eduardo Gonzalez
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype Other Government Series
Series Title Biennial Report
Index ID 70237284
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center