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Aquatic Plant Research > Scientific Data on Aquatic Plant Communities > Wisconsin Standard Method to Collect Aquatic Plant Data > Learning From Aquatic Plant Data > Mapping Aquatic Plant Communities

Aquatic Plant Research Mapping Aquatic Plant Communities

Maps of aquatic plant communities are useful in making management decisions. Statewide aquatic plant managers, private consultants, and county and municipal partners often need maps showing the lakewide distribution of aquatic plant species, particularly invasive species, that is based on point-intercept survey data. DNR Science Services created written protocols as well as YouTube tutorials on how to use the point-intercept data and GIS software to easily create aquatic plant distribution maps. Aquatic plant managers can now create their own maps at any time, which speeds up map creation. The protocol created for QGIS (freeware program) assists those users who do not readily have access to ArcGIS software.