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DBG Chatfield Farms Riparian Restoration Ground Vegetation Monitoring

Latest version published by Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium (Denver Botanic Gardens) on Oct 5, 2017 Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium (Denver Botanic Gardens)

Data from vegetation surveys conducted along twelve 25 meter transects, in concurrence with riparian restoration project. Temporary Sod Plugs (TSP) installed in Deer Creek (to mimic beaver dams) in March 2016. Baseline data collected in 2016. Three vegetation monitoring transects established in each of the four following habitat types and with the indicated identifiers: 1.Upstream of TSPs on Jefferson Couunty Open Space (Hildebrand Ranch) (JCOS1, JCOS2, JCOS3) 2.TSPs 1, 2 and 3 (TSP1, TSP2, TSP3) 3.Downstream of TSPs in channelized areas (DS1, DS2, DS3) 4.Downstream of TSPs in natural non-channelized reference like areas where beaver are present (REF1, REF2, REF3) Plant species observations as well as percent cover of vegetation, litter, rock, and water recorded. Contact Denver Botanic Gardens, Research and Conservation for additional data or information.

Data Records

The data in this sampling event resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 613 records. 2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Event (core)
    613
  • Releve 
    613
  • Occurrence 
    613

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Levy R, Hufft R (2017): DBG Chatfield Farms Riparian Restoration Ground Vegetation Monitoring. v1.1. Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium (Denver Botanic Gardens). Dataset/Samplingevent. http://ipt.vertnet.org:8080/ipt/resource?r=dbg_chatfieldfarms_riparianrestoration&v=1.1

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium (Denver Botanic Gardens). To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

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Keywords

Samplingevent; riparian; restoration; transect; ground vegetation; point-intersect; Chatfield; Denver Botanic Gardens; beaver; Samplingevent

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Rick Levy
Database Associate
Denver Botanic Gardens 909 York Street 80206 Denver Colorado US 7208653657
Rebecca Hufft
Associate Director of Applied Conservation
Denver Botanic Gardens 909 York Street 80206 Denver Colorado US 720-865-3597

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Rebecca Hufft
Associate Director of Applied Conservation
Denver Botanic Gardens 909 York Street 80206 Denver Colorado US 720-865-3597

Who filled in the metadata:

Rick Levy
Database Associate
Denver Botanic Gardens 909 York Street 80206 Denver Colorado US 720-865-3657

Who else was associated with the resource:

Originator
Rebecca Hufft
Associate Director of Applied Conservation
Denver Botanic Gardens 909 York Street 80206 Denver Colorado US 720-865-3597

Geographic Coverage

Along Deer Creek through Jefferson County Open Space and Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms properties.

Bounding Coordinates South West [39.542, -105.131], North East [39.555, -105.088]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Kingdom  Plantae (Plants)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2016-05-01 / 2017-09-01

Project Data

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms is a 700 acre site in Jefferson County, Colorado, approximately 15 miles south of the Denver metro area. Chatfield Farms has been intensively managed for a number of agricultural products, including livestock and fowl, since the mid-1800s. Today, Chatfield Farms is a mosaic of plant communities that can be divided into three broad categories: agricultural pasture, grasslands, and riparian plant communities. Our proposed project at Chatfield Farms is to restore 5.5 acres containing the creek channel, functional floodplain, riparian cottonwood forest, and forest understory along Deer Creek, which bisects the main property. We plan to restore the remaining 26-acre riparian area in the future. This dataset contains information specific to ground vegetation monitoring conducted prior to restoration efforts and after the first year of restoration efforts.

Title Chatfield Farms Riparian Restoration
Identifier 4597f9d5-a007-4958-bcd3-36656583ce3e
Study Area Description Chatfield Farms lies within the Deer Creek Sub Watershed (HUC 12 101900020702) which lies within the Upper South Platte River Watershed (HUC 8 10190002) (See Site Map). This area, known as the Chatfield Basin, is located at the base of the foothills of the Eastern Slope of the Rockies at the intersection of the Southern Rockies, High Plains and Southwestern Tablelands Level III Ecoregions (Chapman et al. 2006). The Chatfield Basin is home to over 1250 species (550+ plants, 71 mammals, 345 birds, 28 reptiles and amphibians, 150+ butterflies, and 100s of species of invertebrates) (Chatfield Basin Conservation Network (CBCN) 2006). Global, federal and/or state rare, imperiled, threatened, or endangered animal species occurring in the Basin include the bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Plains sharp-tailed grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus jamesii), Preble’s meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei), Northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens), four rare fish, and ten butterflies, including the rare Hop’s Blue (Celastrina humulus) (CBCN 2006). Rare plants found within the Basin include the wood lily (Lilium philadelphicum), American black currant (Ribes americanum), Bell’s twinpod (Physaria bellii), and giant bur-reed (Sparganium eurycarpum) (CBCN 2006). Remnant tallgrass prairie is found in the Basin as well, including the species big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans) and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) (CBCN 2006).
Design Description Three vegetation monitoring transects will be established in each of the four following habitat types and with the indicated identifiers: 1. Upstream of TSPs on Jefferson Couunty Open Space (Hildebrand Ranch) (JCOS1, JCOS2, JCOS3) 2. TSPs 1, 2 and 3 (TSP1, TSP2, TSP3) 3. Downstream of TSPs in channelized areas (DS1, DS2, DS3) 4. Downstream of TSPs in natural non-channelized reference like areas where beaver are present (REF1, REF2, REF3) Each transect will be 25 meters in length and should be situated parallel to Deer Creek at approximately the same distance from the Creek for the entire length of the transect. This distance will be determined in the field, but is estimated to be between 1 and 3 meters. The transect origin and endpoint will be marked with a piece of re-bar hammered into the soil and covered with a metal cap with the transect ID etched into the caps. Additionally, a t-post will be installed at the origin and endpoint. Transect orientation should be noted for each transect and a photo of the transect and surrounding vegetation taken. GPS coordinates will be collected (UTM NAD 83) for origin and endpoints. Percent cover will be assessed along each 25 meter transect using a point-intercept method. Points will be assessed using a long dowel rod placed on the tape at each quarter meter for a total of four points per meter and 100 points per transect. The dowel rod intercepts either plants, bare soil, rock (mineral matter > 1 cm diameter), standing dead (plant material produced during a previous growing season and still standing), litter (fallen organic debris) or open water. Percent cover values will be assessed for % cover by plant species, % total vegetation cover, % litter, % standing dead, % rock, % bare ground, % open water, and % total cover (vegetation plus litter plus standing dead, plus rock). The maximum depth of water should also be recorded for the entire transect. One data sheet will be completed for each transect. At each sample point, after a “First Hit” interception by a plant species, the observer should determine whether there are any further interceptions on other plant species. If so, these will be tallied by species as “Second Hits”. Along each sample transect, the presence of less common species not hit during the point-intercept sampling will be documented by recording the presence of all plant species occurring within one meter on either side of the sample transect. Thus, from each 25 m cover sample transect comes a measure of species “density” that can be expressed as a number of species per 50 square meters. Species density includes species encountered in the cover hits plus the additional species not hit but present in the 50 square meter plot. Species present as either a “hit” or just presence will be indicated by scientific name on the data sheet - either with a three letter code or with the name fully spelled out. For example, smooth brome will be indicated as “BROINE” or “Bromus inermis.” Species present will be indicated with a “P” on the data form.

The personnel involved in the project:

Originator
Carla DeMasters
Principal Investigator
Rebecca Hufft

Sampling Methods

Riparian Vegetation Monitoring Protocol: Vegetation Cover Three vegetation monitoring transects will be established in each of the four following habitat types and with the indicated identifiers: 1.Upstream of TSPs on Jefferson Couunty Open Space (Hildebrand Ranch) (JCOS1, JCOS2, JCOS3) 2.TSPs 1, 2 and 3 (TSP1, TSP2, TSP3) 3.Downstream of TSPs in channelized areas (DS1, DS2, DS3) 4.Downstream of TSPs in natural non-channelized reference like areas where beaver are present (REF1, REF2, REF3) Each transect will be 25 meters in length and should be situated parallel to Deer Creek at approximately the same distance from the Creek for the entire length of the transect. This distance will be determined in the field, but is estimated to be between 1 and 3 meters. The transect origin and endpoint will be marked with a piece of re-bar hammered into the soil and covered with a metal cap with the transect ID etched into the caps. Additionally, a t-post will be installed at the origin and endpoint. Transect orientation should be noted for each transect and a photo of the transect and surrounding vegetation taken. GPS coordinates will be collected (UTM NAD 83) for origin and endpoints. Percent cover will be assessed along each 25 meter transect using a point-intercept method. Points will be assessed using a long dowel rod placed on the tape at each quarter meter for a total of four points per meter and 100 points per transect. The dowel rod intercepts either plants, bare soil, rock (mineral matter > 1 cm diameter), standing dead (plant material produced during a previous growing season and still standing), litter (fallen organic debris) or open water. Percent cover values will be assessed for % cover by plant species, % total vegetation cover, % litter, % standing dead, % rock, % bare ground, % open water, and % total cover (vegetation plus litter plus standing dead, plus rock). The maximum depth of water should also be recorded for the entire transect. One data sheet will be completed for each transect. At each sample point, after a “First Hit” interception by a plant species, the observer should determine whether there are any further interceptions on other plant species. If so, these will be tallied by species as “Second Hits”. Along each sample transect, the presence of less common species not hit during the point-intercept sampling will be documented by recording the presence of all plant species occurring within one meter on either side of the sample transect. Thus, from each 25 m cover sample transect comes a measure of species “density” that can be expressed as a number of species per 50 square meters. Species density includes species encountered in the cover hits plus the additional species not hit but present in the 50 square meter plot. Species present as either a “hit” or just presence will be indicated by scientific name on the data sheet - either with a three letter code or with the name fully spelled out. For example, smooth brome will be indicated as “BROINE” or “Bromus inermis.” Species present will be indicated with a “P” on the data form.

Study Extent 12 transects surveyed on an annual basis for ground vegetation coverage and diversity.

Method step description:

  1. Percent cover will be assessed along each 25 meter transect using a point-intercept method. Points will be assessed using a long dowel rod placed on the tape at each quarter meter for a total of four points per meter and 100 points per transect. The dowel rod intercepts either plants, bare soil, rock (mineral matter > 1 cm diameter), standing dead (plant material produced during a previous growing season and still standing), litter (fallen organic debris) or open water.

Additional Metadata

Maintenance Description Dataset will be maintained and updated as more surveys are completed, likely on an annual or biennial basis.
Alternative Identifiers f61e69d1-e79f-4ccb-bd92-56a7cefcf1e4
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