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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.
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.