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A simple graphical approach to quantitative monitoring of rangelands

Permanent URL:
http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/57759
Abstract:
Long-term monitoring is an essential part of good rangeland management - but is often overlooked because managers perceive it to be complicated, technical, or time-consuming. We introduce a quick, easy, and quantitative approach to monitoring changes in plant and ground cover, plant density, and vegetation structure. The only tools needed are a stick 1m long, a pencil, and the data sheet. For each site, data can be collected in under an hour, and monitoring indicators can be calculated by hand in a matter of minutes. This approach has broad appeal and relevance to managers and practitioners around the world.
Author(s):
Corina Riginos , Jeffrey E. Herrick , Siva R. Sundaresan , Cary Farley , Jayne Belnap
Subject(s):
monitoring , plant density , range management , rangelands , vegetation cover , vegetation structure
Source:
Rangelands 2011 8 v.33 no.4
Language:
English
Year:
2011
Collection:
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
File:
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Rights:
Works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties are not copyrighted within the U.S. The content of this document is not copyrighted.