Biometric Survey performed in Highlands County Florida, at Sun 'n Lake Preserve over a two day period. This survey was led by Gordon Davis and the students of Walker Memorial Academy.
The survey utilized readily available technology to analyze canopy density and study a specific tree of our choice in the Sun 'n Lake Preserve.
The forest is made up of four layers; canopy, sub canopy, shrub, and graminoid. Our biometric survey would record the density of these forest layers along a 100' sampling at the Sun 'n Lake Preserve.
- 100' measuring tape
- Data recording tools
- Coring Tool
Canopy Study: First a line transit needed to be established. Using a compose, 0 degree north was established. The individual with the compose chose a point in the distance that is inline with north. Between the compose and that point in the distance a 100' tape measure was stretched out. That tape was then set on the ground.
The team of two armed with data collection device and densiometer move along the 100' tape, stoping every 3' to gather data on the density of the canopy at that location.