The 68th annual Society for Range Management meeting held in the first week of February 2015 in Sacramento, California was a success for the Bureau of Land Management’s Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy. Staff from the BLM’s National Operations Center and the USDA-ARS Jornada hosted a day-long symposium to explain AIM and its applications to rangeland resource management. Speakers from BLM, ARS and NRCS offices across the country came to share their own experiences over the past few years in developing AIM projects and programs, how they’ve been used to inform management decisions, and their future plans. More than a hundred attendees packed into the space and over sixty users logged into the live webinar from across the country.
The projects underway are wide-ranging: from characterization of ecological units on the north slope of Alaska to stream health inventory in Utah to setting success criteria in reclamation projects to training remote sensing models. Each presenter was able to speak to the applications of the AIM strategy to their particular local resource management needs.
The audio and video recordings of the presentations as well as the slides that accompanied the presentations are available here.