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Assessing Plant Management Outcomes
Aquatic plant managers and private consultants asked for guidance on how to analyze aquatic plant survey data collected before and after management. Science Services automated an analysis spreadsheet using a statistical test designed to assess the nature of the pre- to post- treatment change. This is statistical tool that allows managers to assess changes in plant communities and allows users to determine if the changes observed over time in individual plant species are statistically different. The methodology, lake sampling maps, data entry spreadsheet and this analysis tool has allowed for a unified sampling and consistent and objective analytical approach to make sound plant management decisions in the state of Wisconsin.