Assessing Urban Forest Patch Health: A Protocol from Baltimore
This forest health protocol was developed by Baltimore Greenspace for use in the many forest patches across the city. Designed to understand a series of baseline environmental measures, using this protocol will provide a snapshot of forest health that include soil quality, understory species, overstory species, and their relative dominance. This protocol includes practical, accessible how-tos for collecting samples and analyzing data, a glossary of terms, and a native plant species list and their plant codes.
In a nutshell, this resource offers:
- An accessible guide to understand and conduct research on urban forest patch health.
- A tutorial on how to use Google Earth and Excel to find forest patches and establish plots for forest health sampling.
- A description of what field supplies you will need to conduct a forest health assessment.
- Tips for working in the field: health, safety, using GPS, and collecting data.
- Data sheet templates.
How to use this resource:
- As a guide for stewards and staff to collect data on forest health in urban forested natural areas.
- As an example for drafting a protocol that is specific to your own forest type.
Author: Baltimore Green Space; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Johns Hopkins University; and the USDA Forest Service.
Date published: 2021
Point of contact: Baltimore Greenspace, firstname.lastname@example.org