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There are many methods available for land health monitoring and assessment, and it’s not always clear which one you should use and why. A major role of the Landscape Toolbox is compiling information on different methods and how they can be used to answer resource management information needs. There are several tools for accomplishing this in the Toolbox.

Monitoring Method Guides

Method Guides give researchers and managers the information necessary to make informed decisions about which method or combination of methods could be most useful and cost effective for informing their specific rangeland management needs. Methods Guides are intended to be a first step to selecting assessment and monitoring protocols by providing enough information on strengths, limitations, and applications that users can seek additional, more specific how-to information on the recommended techniques.

  • The Rangeland Monitoring Methods Guide 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. The techniques are rated through expert and user reviews. Download the 2011 Rangelands article on the Rangeland Monitoring Methods guide.
  • The Riparian Remote Sensing Monitoring Methods Guide was designed to provide resource managers with a broad overview of remote sensing methods applicable to the mapping, monitoring, and inventorying riparian areas and to aid in the selection of the remote sensing method appropriate to the respective business needs.

 The Rangeland Assessment and Monitoring Methods Guide was created by the Idaho and Oregon Chapters of the Nature Conservancy through two collaborative projects, the Landscape Toolbox and the High Desert Sagebrush Cooperative. The Riparian Remote Sensing Methods Guide was created by the US Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center.

Monitoring Methods Wiki

The Monitoring Methods Wiki includes descriptions of over 100 field, remote sensing, and analysis methods as well as information about rangeland applications, strengths and limitations, technical references, and contacts for each one. The method descriptions in the wiki will help you understand exactly what a method can provide, and where to go to get more information or help in implementing a method. The wiki is also a helpful resource for technical users looking for a summary of how a method has been used in rangeland settings.

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