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Data Policy and Datasets

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Highstead Policy for Use of Data

Highstead welcomes requests from researchers and practitioners to use our ecological data to broaden the scope of research projects or to inform management and conservation decisions.

Data availability

At Highstead’s discretion, data will be made available to interested and qualified applicants two years after collection. 
To apply for ecology data, please submit a written request and description of how the data will be used, to: Ed Faison, Senior Ecologist, efaison@highstead.net.


Publications, presentations, and other products that use Highstead data should include proper acknowledgement.  Consultation or collaboration with Highstead staff is strongly encouraged. If Highstead staff contribute significantly to the analysis, interpretation, or writing of a product then co-authorship may be justified.

Available Ecology Datasets:

Response of forest vegetation to 15 years of deer exclusion: includes herb, shrub, and sapling regeneration data from 1 x 1 m quadrats sampled in 2013 inside and outside of deer exclosure in Highstead’s maple-ash forest.

Forest vegetation from long-term monitoring plots at Highstead and in Redding, CT (2004-2015): repeated measure data on tree diameters, shrub and herb abundance, and sapling regeneration from 20 x 20 m plots across Highstead’s 100 acres of woodland and in surrounding conservation properties in Redding.

Vegetation response to Phragmites removal at Highstead’s pond: includes herbaceous and shrub vegetation data (including Phragmites) from 1 x 1 m quadrats located in 4 different herbicide treatments.  Quadrats were sampled both prior to herbicide treatment and afterward using primarily stem counts and some percent covers.

Grassland bird surveys (1997- ) Point count survey data of the total number of individual bobolinks seen or heard during a 5 minute survey each year.

Oak forest breeding bird surveys (2005- ) Point count survey data conducted twice per year in June.  Data include the total number of individuals of each species seen or heard during a 10 minute survey.