AIM Implementation Workshop Materials

BLM AIM Project Leads Workshop

The BLM’s Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring Strategy (AIM) for renewable resources is designed to reach across programs, jurisdictions, stakeholders, and agencies to provide key information for decision makers that can be collected once and used multiple times. As AIM is increasingly implemented to assess the attainment of the Bureau’s land health standards; the effectiveness of greater sage-grouse management plans, and land-use plans in general; ES&R treatment effectiveness, and other applications, there is a need to educate State and Field Office personnel about the role AIM is playing within the BLM and the principles and applications of the strategy.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Communicate AIM principles and applications to others in BLM
  • Describe the major steps of the AIM implementation process
  • Guide and implement a multi-scale AIM project (e.g., for implementation of the sage grouse plans)
  • Identify available resources and tools to implement an AIM project
  • Understand how resource information derived from AIM can be used to inform BLM management decisions

Target audience:

State programmatic leads and resource specialists who coordinate and/or conduct monitoring and assessment activities. We also encourage managers to attend to gain an appreciation for capacity needs and options for AIM implementation at state, district, and/or field office scales. For all participants, emphasis is on those who have not yet attended an AIM workshop or training.

We referenced a range of materials and presentations during this workshop. Hard copies will not be provided at the training, so please print your own of the agenda and the outline of roles and responsibilities in AIM projects. If you would like hard copies of any other materials for your own reference and note-taking during the course, please also print them before attending.

BLM Background Policy and References

BLM Technical Note 440

BLM Technical Note 445

BLM Technical Reference 1735-1

BLM Manual 4180

Local Land Health Standards

Final Presentations

Introduction to AIM

Overview of Current and Past AIM Projects, Terrestrial and Aquatic

Introduction to AIM Structured Implementation 1

Introduction to AIM Structured Implementation 2

Management and Monitoring Objectives

Introduction to Survey Design

The Master Sample Approach to Sample Design

Indicators: Core, Contingent, and Supplemental

Land Health as a Unifying Thread

Condition Thresholds

Northern California Example

Resources, Tools, and Timelines


Data QA/QC

Technical References

Monitoring Manual for Grassland, Shrubland, and Savannah Ecosystems

Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations

Other References and Publications

Fischman and Ruhl 2015- Judging Adaptive Management Practices of U.S. Agencies

Landscape Toolbox Sample Sufficiency Calculator

Landscape Toolbox Spatially Balanced Tool

EPA StreamCat

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