Proposed Sampling Plan
Please consult with the Project Manager to make this
description as specific as possible and to discuss plans that may need
special handling. We recognize that plans can change based on weather and
discovery, and can be appropriately flexible provided modifications are
discussed with the Project Manager.
In the box below please address each of the following questions:
- what type of samples are needed (including amounts);
- where samples will be taken (see site description for experiment treatment or
site, replicate, sample station names);
- when sampling is expected to occur
(including frequency, beginning date, end date);
- how samples will be collected (e.g. traps, sweeps, soil cores, etc.);
- who is expected to do the sampling.
If sampling requires the deployment of special equipment (e.g., flux boxes,
vertebrate traps, UAV-drone) please note the size of equipment and duration
of its deployment, as well as any special requirements such as power or data
loggers. Note: 1). No metal flags can be deployed in any of the plots: use
fiberglass or plastic flags instead and 2)
UAV operation requires prior
proof of MSU approval and submission of approved flight plans to the
If you are proposing microplot experiments (disturbance of any kind
including the application of any chemicals or water) or the addition of
organisms (plants, insects, microbes, etc.) or biologics (vaccines, etc.),
please describe well.
Please indicate your agreement to the following terms:
I will not fly a UAV-drone without providing proof of MSU approval and a
detailed approved flight plan to the Project Manager.
WPS Pesticide Safey Training
As per EPA and MSU Worker Protection Standard (WPS) requirements, anyone on
your project that enters a plot or field where pesticides have been sprayed
in the previous 30 days must have valid WPS Pesticide Safety Training before
entering the pesticide-treated area. Please consult the
LTER website for
field sites requiring WPS training and for further information.
If you are
uncertain whether your research requires this training, please contact the
Project Manager. In general, pesticides are not used in GLBRC
biomass crops except for corn, sorghum and the establishment year of perennial
Please provide the names of people in your group and the dates of their
completed training in the "COVID-19 Restrictions" section at the bottom of the form.
Please note: 1) training is required of anyone (compensated or volunteer) entering a pesticide-treated area; 2) trainees must be at least 18 years old; and 3) training is valid for 12 months.
Does your research require WPS training?
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulates the importation, transit, domestic movement and environmental release of organisms or products that impact plant and animal health. Permission from APHIS may be required for the transit and release of regulated animals, animal products, veterinary biologics, plants, plant products, pests, organisms, soil, and genetically engineered organisms.
Will you be adding organisms or biologics to a field plot (plants, insects, microbes, animals, vaccines, etc)?
The requires that data generated at the Sites
will be made available to the scientific community in a timely fashion
following publication. A condition of using the the Site (and samples
from the site) is that you agree to this policy and agree to make data
collected at the accessible via the the web site or another data
repository (e.g., Dryad).
The the web site provides access to baseline data collected by the
project on a continuing basis (see the data catalog and
the data managers will work with investigators to archive properly formatted
data and to make it available on our web site. Guidelines for submitting
data are available. You are encouraged to contact the KBS LTER or GLBRC Information
Managers to discuss your data prior to submission.
Physical samples (e.g., plant, soil) may in some cases be archived in the KBS LTER sample archives. If you think your samples may have long-term value please contact the Project Manager.
Please indicate your agreement to the following data access terms:
Please indicate your agreement to obey the following COVID guidelines
while conducting necessary research at all LTER, GLBRC and LTAR research sites:
- Sampling will be safely carried out while maintaining a 20 foot minimum
distance between individuals in the field.
- Entry to the LTER or other field lab will be minimal, scheduled to avoid
more than one person in a lab at a time, and face masks will be worn inside at
all times (this includes bathroom visits).
- Investigators will bring their own sanitizing solution, wipes, and face
- Investigators will use their own vehicles. Vehicles will be parked on hard or gravel
surfaces (at this time of year, there may be standing water or saturated soils in
- All other University requirements are met, including (but not limited
- approved travel authorization if required
- two people maximum per vehicle on site when necessary, and always
wearing a face mask
- disinfection procedures that include sanitizing keys, door handles, shared tools,
touchscreens, equipment and vehicle interiors, bathrooms, and work
- completing paper and computer work at home
- completing the daily health assessment
- I will respect and comply with any additional restrictions imposed.
About how many TOTAL PERSON HOURS per week /
per month will the field work involve. Please calculate total person
hours by multiplying the number of people in the field at any one time x
the number of hours they will be there on either a weekly or monthly
basis. No need to be exact - a ball park number is fine. If this will
vary by month, provide hours for the most intensive month but check all
Please provide the names of people in your group who will be in the
field (including yourself). If they have completed WPS training (see above) then also
enter their WPS training date.