Plot monitoring is a method of scientifically comparing the same chosen areas of land over intervals of time to determine changes caused by environmental conditions. The plot monitoring program at the nature preserve was established in 1986 by Dr. Rick Van de Poll and Dr. Ty Minton of Antioch University New England. The first project set 51 fixed permanent vegetation plots. The plots run on a north-south axis, from one end of the property to the other. Every five years the plots are studied and compared.
Since 1986, the plots have been checked every five years and a comparative study is done. The results of monitoring are compiled into a Vegetation Analysis report.
This is the only consistent study of its kind being done in south-west New Hampshire. To view the executive summary of the 2004 Vegetation Analysis report, click here.