Cover pole design for easy transport, assembly and field use

TitleCover pole design for easy transport, assembly and field use
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsToledo D., Abbott L, Herrick JE
JournalJournal of Wildlife Management
Date Published2008
ARIS Log Number214998
Keywordscover pole, design, livestock, management, measure, Robel, transport, wildlife

Cover poles, also called Robel poles, are used to measure a variety of structural vegetation attributes commonly used in wildlife and livestock management. Although cover pole dimensions, measurement criteria, and interpretation of cover pole data vary depending on measurement objectives, the technical use of cover poles is fairly consistent. Practical use of cover poles requires that they are sturdy, lightweight, and easily transported. We describe a cover pole apparatus that can be easily constructed, transported, and assembled for use in remote locations. This self-supporting cover pole enables one person to take measurements, and can be modified for use in multiple habitats and soil types.