Thanks, and to add to your point, for those who have Excel spreadsheets with data, I can help convert them to the standard format. just completed converting Dale Luthringer's 423 white pine measurements from his format to the standard. Matt, I expect you can help other members too - at least giving them tips. I'm not trying to volunteer your time, just recognizing your Excel expertise.
I'll share some conversion methods as time goes on with you all. The standard template worksheet automatically generates the record key, so other than setting the first one, you don't have to type them in. One sticky situation in conversions is lat and long. As we all know, there are several ways to express these coordinates. The standard format is decimal degrees. So, other formats have to be converted to the standard. If anyone has lat and ling in a different format, I can help then make the conversion. You should not have to retype them.
As time goes on, I'll share conversion techniques. Above all, you shouldn't have to retype entries. But if you just don't feel like tackling a conversion, I'll do it for you. I intend to complete conversions for ale and then I'll do Larry's. Or you can wait until the NTS-VA Tech website is up and just enter records one at a time, choosing the most important one first as Matt recommends.
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder and Executive Director
Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest