A plantation is incomplete without measuring its success or failure relative to your goals. A reliable survival survey will help you monitor plantation success or lack of it. A plantation is not successful until it has survived through the first few difficult years. You must monitor, discover, and resolve problems as quickly as possible because time is money, particularly in forestry.

This article and the next few that follow will tell you how to determine if your planting project was successful or not and what to do about it.