(July 11, 2019)
best way to walk open fields
to get somewhere quick
transects* teach more the terrain!
*(Transects 5- or 10-meters apart from baseline to baseline, either horizontal or vertical to the property using a careful approach, swinging both head and eyes in a measured swathe generally will yield floral and fauna information which can be marked both by marker flags and on a GPS- (optional: or a photo- to topographical “map” representation) Capable display. This especially is useful for later return to “tagged” sites by governmental agency review procedures and to confirm accuracy of the survey. Surveyor(s) should wear appropriate clothing and footwear (in Central Florida in flatwoods and similar terrain, I recommend double-weight denim jeans with the leg-ends tucked into high-topped snake-boots. A longsleevee tee shirt or a UV-protection impregnated “outdoor” type shirt. A big full-brimmed “floppy” bush hat is suggested. A large “sweat-towel” is recommended to help protect the neck. By all means use high-numbered UV-A and -B sunscreen. Polarized UV-protection sunglasses, whether prescription or plain is useful. A good quality insect lotion or spray containing DEET is highly recommended. Carry enough for repeated applications. A second cotton towel, hand-sized is essential to complement the sweat-towel. Heavy-duty leather gloves are recommended. I carry a 6-foot+ Cypress sapling more than 20-years-old and devoid of bark or twig-ends, the wide butt tapering to the top which easily will accommodate a roll of highly visible colored engineer’s tape for additional marking of sites of interest, especially when nearby vegetation or trees are nearby and will serve as reference points to the marker flags. I recommend 3- to 4-foot long bamboo sticks with engineer tape attached. On the tape using a permanent marker add useful identification information, e.g. Survey type, name of surveyor and kind of survey (all of with can be abbreviated), locator number in sequence, date. I carry a small hand-spade, several pocket knives and a Leatherman-style multi-tool and a large single-blade sheath knife. A cell phone with the GPS locator on is highly recommended. But most importantly is a good-sized camel-back style water carrying device. A small first aid kit (especially when working alone or far from assistance) to include ankle and knee flexible braces, several rolls of gauze bandages, antiseptic ointment, iodine, a small snakebite kit and a blood-loss prevention device, all of which should be able to be packed in a secure plastic storage container no more than 4-3-2 inches in length, width and height and can fit attached to a small water pack worn as a knapsack. A long-storage ice-cooler with additional water, snacks and high-carb high-protein mid-day meal if working alone, placed midway in the project perimeter is a wise investment. Also a great place to store that after-work adult beverage with foam on top. Wait until you are safely returned for a second.)