Various methods have been used to represent the vegetation of a given area on the printed page. In dealing with an area as vast as a forest, only a representative sample of the entire vegetation can be studied conveniently. Therefore sampling methods used must be extensive enough to include at least all the important species in the woods that would be included if the entire forest could be tabulated. A sampling method would show with reasonable accuracy a representation of the number of species present, abundance, stem sizes, and the regularity of their distribution.
It is the purpose of this paper to give what is believed to be the first percentage composition data of the Shades State Park forest and to study and compare the results obtained by using different sampling patterns in the five acre survey.