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Welcome to the main page of the Rangeland Assessment and Monitoring Methods Guide wiki. The wiki pages contain information on various field and remote sensing methods that can be used in assessing and monitoring rangelands. Within each page you will find details and references describing the method, how it has been used in rangeland science and management, and where to look and who to contact for more information or help.

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Tags are keywords assigned to the wiki pages. In the Tag Cloud on the right, the size of the text corresponds to how many wiki pages share the same tag. Follow the tag links for a collection of pages on the same topic.

Rangeland Method Wiki Pages

  • Field Methods - Field methods, also called “in-situ” methods, are ways for measuring rangeland attributes that require an observer or instrument to be located at the site
  • Remote Sensing Methods - With reference to rangeland assessment and monitoring, remote sensing methods are ways to generate information on rangeland attributes through the analysis and interpretation of aerial or satellite imagery.
  • Remote Sensor Types - Remote sensing methods are usually applicable to more than one source of imagery
  • Databases - Databases for storage and organization of information or data related to rangelands
  • Protocols - Protocols are standardized groups of methods for collecting data to address a specific objective
  • Tools - Tools are analytical methods, models or programs that use field or remote sensing data as input and create value-added outputs in the form of summaries, estimates, predictions, or syntheses.
  • Glossary - A comprehensive glossary of rangeland assessment and monitoring terms.

This wiki and the Methods Guide are intended to be a users’ first step to selecting assessment and monitoring protocols by providing enough information on strengths, limitations, and rangeland applications that users can seek additional, more specific how-to information on the recommended techniques.


You can browse and read the wiki pages without needing any sort of login or registration to this site. Registered users have the ability to comment on methods or tools or join in discussions, but cannot edit page contents. If you want to add a new page or edit a page's content, first register and then send an email to the site administrator and request editing privileges.

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We're constantly working to improve this site and the data that's in it. If you're experiencing problems, have found broken links or errors, or want to make a suggestion, please visit our Bug Reporting page.

The Rangeland Assessment and Monitoring Methods Guide also relies on contributions of information about and reviews of the many rangeland assessment and monitoring methods. The abstracts in this wiki have been created by rangeland science and management professionals who have generously volunteered their time and expertise. We need your help to make the Methods Guide as complete and useful as possible. There are lots of ways that you can get involved:

  1. Author, review, and/or edit abstracts in the wiki.
  2. Be an expert to rate and comment on how different methods can be used to answer rangeland management questions.
  3. Submit examples of where and how you have used different methods and what your experience was.
  4. List your contact information in an abstract if you are a service-provider who can answer users' questions and help them implement a method.
  5. Spread the word! Enlist your peers and friends to grow the community who are using and contributing to this system.

For more information on how to get involved and contribute to the Methods Guide and this abstract wiki, click here.

The guide is in the early phases of development so the subjects addressed at this time are limited in scope. The current focus is on upland shrub steppe vegetation and topics include grazing management, vegetation mapping, weeds, juniper encroachment, seral stage and condition, and some limited treatment of wildlife habitat concerns. In the future we hope to expand the system to consider more topics and attributes of rangeland management.

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This wiki was designed to be a companion to the Rangeland Assessment and Monitoring Methods Guide. The Methods Guide helps you find the field and remote-sensing methods most useful for your rangeland assessment and monitoring needs. It provides reviews on how well each method performs to answer specific questions as well as descriptions, relative costs, references to rangeland applications, and contact information for the different techniques.

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Our Methods Guide Help Page has tutorials on how to use the methods guide, answers to common support questions, and contact information so you can get in touch with us.

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NameAliasMeasurement TypeData TypeRelative Cost/EffortPrecision of EstimatesPotential for Bias
Daubenmire Method CoverQuantitative
Daubenmire Method Density/FrequencyQuantitative
Daubenmire Method CompositionQuantitative
Ocular Cover EstimateVisual estimatesCoverQuantitative
Ocular Cover EstimateVisual estimatesDensity/FrequencyQuantitative
Rangeland Health IndicatorsConditionQualitative
Step-point transect method CoverQuantitative
Line Point InterceptLPICoverQuantitative
Line Point InterceptLPICompositionQuantitative
Canopy Gap Intercept CoverQuantitative
Basal Gap Intercept CoverQuantitative
Cover Board Method Vertical Structure/CoverQuantitative
Pace Frequency Density/FrequencyQuantitative


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