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AusPlots 
Past, Present and Future 
Presentation by Ben Sparrow 
With help from the Ausplots team
Current Activities 
•Establish permanent plots (500) 
•Stratification 
•Decision making framework 
•Training 
•Manual 
•Sa...
Challenges 
• Resource constraints make practicalities hard to reconcile with 
aspirations. 
• Several Bioregions per stat...
Science Activities 
Accurate positioning 
Further App Development 
Database – Link to Aekos 
Vegetation DNA/isotope 
/func...
The Future 
• To date have been focused on doing what we’re 
doing well 
• Strategy: 
• Inform how Australian environments...
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A presentation providing a status update for the Ausplots program as of the end of October 2013.

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  1. 1. AusPlots Past, Present and Future Presentation by Ben Sparrow With help from the Ausplots team
  2. 2. Current Activities •Establish permanent plots (500) •Stratification •Decision making framework •Training •Manual •Sampling of vegetation and soil •Standardised, Nationally accepted method
  3. 3. Challenges • Resource constraints make practicalities hard to reconcile with aspirations. • Several Bioregions per state rather than all • Difficult engaging stakeholders in a long term program with short term funding • Political complexity is a challenge • “It’s not about developing the perfect method, but rather understanding how imperfect the method is.”
  4. 4. Science Activities Accurate positioning Further App Development Database – Link to Aekos Vegetation DNA/isotope /functional traits Vouchering Soils - NSA Metagenomics Photopoints
  5. 5. The Future • To date have been focused on doing what we’re doing well • Strategy: • Inform how Australian environments are changing through time and space • Fill gaps where data collection hasn’t occurred • Build widespread collaboration • Engagement with user community • Established enduring sample libraries • Attract ongoing funding • Fauna Protocols

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