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A simple graphical approach to quantitative monitoring of rangelands
- Riginos, Corina, Herrick, Jeffrey E., Sundaresan, Siva R., Farley, Cary, Belnap, Jayne
- Rangelands 2011 v.33 no.4 pp. 3
- monitoring, plant density, range management, rangelands, vegetation cover, vegetation structure
- Long-term monitoring is an essential part of good rangeland management - but is often overlooked because managers perceive it to be complicated, technical, or time-consuming. We introduce a quick, easy, and quantitative approach to monitoring changes in plant and ground cover, plant density, and vegetation structure. The only tools needed are a stick 1m long, a pencil, and the data sheet. For each site, data can be collected in under an hour, and monitoring indicators can be calculated by hand in a matter of minutes. This approach has broad appeal and relevance to managers and practitioners around the world.