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Unit 2: Site Assessment and Non-Timber Forest Crop Selection
Site Assessment Part III (Vegetation)
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Introduction to Vegetation Inventory

A vegetation inventory is an estimation of plant biodiversity within a defined area. Determining what mixture of trees, shrubs, and non-woody species already grow on your forest property will assist you in the process of site design and planning in two ways:

  1. Identify opportunities that exist already for wildcrafting
    • sugar maple trees for maple syrup production
    • edible wild mushrooms
    • medicinal forest herbs (e.g. wild ginseng)
    • natural materials for handicrafts
  2. Indicate the soil and other environmental conditions that help predict the suitability of candidate NTFC species.