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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.
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.
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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:
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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.
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.
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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|Name||Alias||Measurement Type||Data Type||Relative Cost/Effort||Precision of Estimates||Potential for Bias|
|Ocular Cover Estimate||Visual estimates||Cover||Quantitative|
|Ocular Cover Estimate||Visual estimates||Density/Frequency||Quantitative|
|Rangeland Health Indicators||Condition||Qualitative|
|Step-point transect method||Cover||Quantitative|
|Line Point Intercept||LPI||Cover||Quantitative|
|Line Point Intercept||LPI||Composition||Quantitative|
|Canopy Gap Intercept||Cover||Quantitative|
|Basal Gap Intercept||Cover||Quantitative|
|Cover Board Method||Vertical Structure/Cover||Quantitative|