thumbnail_46Revegetation Monitoring Toolkit

John Kanowski1, Carla P. Catterall1, Kylie Freebody1,2, Amanda N. D. Freeman1 and
Debra A. Harrison1,3

1 School of Environment, Griffith University
2 Tablelands Community Revegetation Unit
3 Terrain NRM Ltd

ISBN 978-1-921359-51-4
Published July 2010

Associated with MTSRF Project 4.9.5 – Restoring tropical forest landscapes

Purpose of the Toolkit

This toolkit has been written to assist community groups and restoration practitioners record details of their revegetation projects, assess their condition and monitor their outcomes for biodiversity and carbon sequestration. Additionally, the methods presented here can also be applied to other situations where there is a need to monitor and evaluate change in forest ecosystems, including assessment of the extent of degradation or recovery within remnant forest.

Structure of the Toolkit (Version 3)

Version 3 (this document) of the monitoring toolkit was written as a series of modules, each dealing with a specific aspect of monitoring, as follows:

The design of monitoring programs;
Recording project details;
Assessing the condition of projects;
Monitoring forest structure;
Monitoring plant species composition;
Estimating carbon sequestration;
Monitoring bird species composition; and
Managing, analysing and evaluating data.
Supporting Materials

Several Microsoft Excel spreadsheets have been developed to accompany this version of the monitoring toolkit to help store, analyse and summarise the data collected from monitoring of revegetated sites and to provide scientific input. Each includes a page of explanatory notes (the first spreadsheet within each file). Additionally with this version we have provided supporting materials such as data proformas as separate files for download.

The following supporting materials are available for download for use in conjunction with the Toolkit Version 3:

Data analysis Excel workbooks

Monitoring toolkit forest structure V3.xls
Monitoring toolkit floristic composition V3.xls
Monitoring toolkit plant attributes V3.xls
Monitoring toolkit wood density V3.xls
Monitoring toolkit bird species composition V3.xls
Monitoring toolkit bird species composition (demo) V3.xls

Data collection proformas and related materials

Project Proforma
Site Proforma
Description of On-ground Works
Project Journal
Proforma for Assessing Site Condition
Proforma for Monitoring Forest Structure
Proforma for Monitoring Floristic Composition
Proforma for Monitoring Bird Species Composition
Appendix 1: Reference photographs of canopy cover
Appendix 4: Recording cyclone damage to trees

For further information about the Toolkit, contact either
John Kanowski,, or
Carla Catterall,