Program Info

ANERR’s long-term monitoring of emergent vegetation communities follows the NERRS SWMP Bio-Monitoring Protocol: Long-term Monitoring of Estuarine Submersed and Emergent Vegetation Communities in December 2009. The System-Wide Monitoring Program Plan can be referenced although funding for the project was not acquired. The emergent vegetation monitoring approach consists of fixed transects with permanent sampling stations located along transects. Sites were selected based on areas that are representative of natural estuarine vegetation in the region. These sites have also not been historically impacted by natural or anthropogenic factors. Two study areas were chosen; one on Little St. George Island and one in the Lower River Marsh. The marsh segment to be monitored was chosen and three transects were randomly located within each of these segments. A total of 27-30 plots per marsh segment were established. Each plot was permanently marked with labeled stakes driven into the marsh. The permanent vegetation sampling plots which are 1m², are offset approximately 1 meter from the marking stake. They are perpendicular to the transect line and two diagonal corners of each plot were marked with smaller stakes. The Reserve installed a groundwater well at each Sentinel Station (Pilot’s Cove and Little St. Marks) October 16 2015 and plans to install In-Situ Aqua Troll 200 level loggers in summer 2016.
Species composition, % cover, blade length, density, canopy height
Corresponding surface elevation table monitoring (SETs) and pore water (salinity, conductivity) are available upon request.
Vegetation percent cover and species counts
Available for public dissemination
Fixed transects
Data Location
NERR Centralized Data Management Office;
Data Format
Excel spreadsheet
Coastal Wetlands
Recommended Citation
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP); Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection (RCP); Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. (2017). Apalachicola Emergent Marsh Vegetation Monitoring. Updated 06/30/2020. Distributed by: SEACAR Data Discovery Interface, Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection, Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

indicates priority attributes

Export Standardized Data

Habitat(s) : Indicator(s) Last Updated File Download
Coastal Wetlands : Species Compositon Download File - Coastal Wetlands - 5009.txt
DIP Document N/A Download File - DIP

Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection Managed Areas

Apalachicola Bay, Apalachicola NERR


Coastal Wetlands - Species Compositon

Documentation and Data provided by program

File Type File Name Added On Details
Data 5009 ANERR Marsh 01/27/21 07:24 AM View Details
Data Vegetation Database.accdb 01/30/19 07:23 AM View Details
GIS 5009 ANERR Marsh 01/27/21 07:24 AM View Details
GIS ANERR Sentinel Site Plan Draft Nov 2018.docx 01/29/19 12:31 PM View Details
Logo ANERR.jpg 01/29/19 12:31 PM View Details
Logo DEP_logo_2019.png 04/08/19 01:57 PM View Details
Protocols 5009 ANERR Marsh 01/27/21 07:24 AM View Details
Protocols Download instructions for NERRS SWMP Vegetation data.docx 02/28/22 08:18 AM View Details
Protocols NERRS_Vegetation_Monitoring_Protocol 2013-09-06.pdf 01/30/19 07:23 AM View Details
QA Metadata2016.docx 01/30/19 07:23 AM View Details