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Cover Board Method

Description and Uses

The Cover Board Method is used to evaluate vertical cover and vegetation structure over time. It requires a profile board or density board to estimate the vertical area of a board covered by vegetation from a specified distance away.

This method is applicable to a wide variety of vegetation types and is particularly useful when used with those vegetation types that show potential for changes, such as woody riparian vegetation.

Advantages and Limitations

The Cover Board technique is a fast and easily duplicated procedure. The size of the board can be modified to meet the purpose of the study.

Manuals

Technical and Application References

  • Nudds, Thomas D. 1977. Quantifying the vegetative structure of wildlife cover. Wildlife Society Bulletin 5:113-117.

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Additional Information

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