Notes (thanks to Louise Alexander)

Objectives of each team -> What is trying to be achieved

Team 1 (Cover):
· To get percentages of main land cover types in the region. ->Heintz center report -> how much stuff do you actually have. Cover team is doing triangle wide land cover statistics.
· Define how much of these land covers are protected triangle wide-> Significant natural heritage areas ->what proportion of the SNHA are protected
· Comparison between 1992-2002
· Use GIS to clip out stream buffers for Wake County

Team 2 (Buffer):
· Establish criteria on how to define breaches
· Establish a way to quantify what’s adjacent to streams within 50ft of the stream banks -> aerial photos and ground truth – look at the stream buffers of Wake County
· What do our stream buffers look like and how are they being violated
· Focus on Swift Creek Watershed – with a property look at Swift Creek Bluffs.

Team 3 (Exotic Vegetation Team):
· Mimic the sampling sites for buffer group and test for invasive vegetation
· Characterize and quantify the exotic vegetation of Swift Creek as a watershed and on Swift Creek Bluff.

Team 4 (Farmland):
How much farmland is in the triangle
· Find the acreage (%) of cropland and the types of crops grown and their yields.
· Identify programs, map the cropland, create tables
· Outline each other programs and why they are valuable -> on Triangle website
Chatham County ->

Team 5 (Water Quality):
· Repeatability study
· Produce a refined tool and instructions for water quality assessment.
· Pilot use of tool in Swift Creek

Final Report:
· Presentation – Separate report for each group with an overall introduction and conclusion.

Notes from Board

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