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Saturday, February 23 • 4:10pm - 4:55pm
SPLIT SESSION: How to Monitor 2500 Shrubs Planted by Volunteers in an Urban Forest Preserve—A Learning Experience / Rapid Floristic Quality Assessment as a Stewardship Tool

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How to Monitor 2500 Shrubs Planted by Volunteers in an Urban Forest Preserve—A Learning Experience
Linda Marton, Chicago Ornithological Society and Jamie Doherty, Centennial Volunteers
Over the last three years, volunteers have planted more than 2,000 shrubs in LaBagh Woods, a forest preserve located on Chicago’s north side. A monitoring program has been established to collect data on the plantings using an app. This discussion will focus on the planning and development of this volunteer program, the challenges faced along the way, and some useful examples for building a similar program.

Rapid Floristic Quality Assessment as a Stewardship Tool
Mark Hauser, Friends of the Chicago River
The Centennial Volunteers project has been using a Rapid Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA) to measure the ecological condition or quality of areas under restoration. Evaluating these sites using this metric and the % native plant coverage, has allowed stewards to make meaningful management decisions. During this case study we will demonstrate this easy method of calculating ecosystem health.

Presenters
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Jamie Doherty

FPDCC Volunteer
While looking for activities for Earth Day, I stumbled upon the Centennial Volunteer program at LaBagh woods in Chicago. I fell in love with the work that they were doing there and now almost three years later, I have become a member of the leadership team. Along with Linda Marton... Read More →
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Mark Hauser

Ecology Outreach Manager, Friends of the Chicago River
Mark has been with Friends of the Chicago River since September 2007. He has managed the Chicago River Schools Network since that time, and has recently begun training volunteers to repair gullies, monitor wildlife habitat and conduct plant surveys along the river in support of restoration... Read More →
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Linda Marton

Chicago Ornithological Society


Saturday February 23, 2019 4:10pm - 4:55pm
rms. 52, 53