If you’re attending a training and need to do the pre-course work, can’t attend a training, or you just learn better from video and audio than reading a manual, there are resources available to help you. This collection covers all Core Methods from volume I of the first edition of the Monitoring Manual and some of the supplementary methods from volume II. It is in the process of being updated with more succinct and recent content.
Ecological Site Identification
Establishing a Transect
Canopy and Basal Gap Intercept
Soils maybe be stable or unstable depending on a variety of factors, but this method assigns a numerical value 1 through 6 to the resistance a soil sample has to losing its integrity in water. This is a simple approximation of the potential erosion vulnerability of the soil.
Plant Species Inventory
Not every plant species that falls within the area of the plot will also be encountered by methods that are run along transects. The species inventory records every plant species that falls within the plot regardless of whether other methods have detected them or not and gives a better impression of the diversity present.
This is a more involved method that the others listed here, but can be used to estimate the productivity of rangeland and its ability to support livestock use. Note that this is not one of the Core Methods in the Monitoring Manual!
Vegetation Structure with a Cover Pole
In some cases, you want to know the structure of larger vegetation. This technique uses a standardized cover pole in order to make quick judgments regarding those structures. Note that this is not one of the Core Methods in the Monitoring Manual!