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Title: Rangeland Ecosystem Analysis and Monitoring Handbook


1
Rangeland Ecosystem Analysis and Monitoring
Handbook
  • Revision for the Pacific Northwest Region

2
Why revise the handbook?
  • Update obsolete terminology and concepts
  • Promote standardized,
  • efficient procedures

3
Why revise the handbook?
  • Seek cost- effectiveness
  • Develop realistic framework for inventory and
    monitoring given limited resources

4
Why revise the handbook?
  • In the past few years new tools have become
    available
  • NRIS Terra database and range protocols
  • Personal data recorders
  • Landscape assessment tools

5
Handbook themes
  • Consolidate activities
  • Emphasis on monitoring
  • Inventory included but largely referred to other
    handbooks (existing vegetation and terrestrial
    ecological unit inventory)

6
Handbook themes
  • Take advantage of technology GPS, PDRs
  • Implement new databases and protocols (NRIS
    Terra)

7
  • The Importance of Scale

Multiple scales of space and
time Allotment vs. Landscape Status vs. Trend
HUC 6
HUC 4
HUC 5
HUC6
HUC5
HUC4
8
FRCC in a range context
  • Incorporate landscape assessment (FRCC)
  • --Fire regime condition class (FRCC) is a
    measure of how the current landscape has departed
    from reference (historic) conditions
  • --FRCC has many landscape implications in
    addition to fire ecology

9
FRCC in a range context
  • --How the mix of seral stages differs from
    historic
  • --Can have implications for resources such as
    wildlife (sage grouse)
  • --The role of uncharacteristic conditions
    (e.g., invasives) is critical

10
Monitoring
  • Monitoring organized in three chapters
  • 20. Range status
  • 30. Range utilization
  • 40. Range change over time (trend)

11
Monitoring Themes
  • Multiple scales
  • Level of intensity
  • Upland vs. riparian

12
Monitoring at Multiple Scales
  • Methods appropriate for each scale
  • --Extensive versus intensive

13
Monitoring Themes
  • Increasing sampling intensity
  • change (rooted nested frequency)
  • status (cover frequency)
  • assessment using PFC
  • should be most of your work

14
Organization of Monitoring
15
Organization of Monitoring
16
Organization of Monitoring
17
Outline of handbook
  • Zero Code Direction
  • 10 Code Planning
  • 20 code Range Status and
    Inventory
  • 30 code Monitoring Utilization
  • 40 code Monitoring Trend

18
Zero code Direction
  • Objectives
  • Responsibilities
  • Training and Implementation
  • Glossary

19
Zero code Direction
  • Training and Implementation
  • --Realistic goals
  • --Annual three-day training
  • --Accountability
  • --Efficiency through partnerships

20
10 Code Planning
  • Referred to
  • FSM 2290 Planning Direction

21
20 Code Range Analysis
  • Range condition now,
  • not over time
  • Snapshot
  • Use of GIS and Remote Sensing

22
20 Code Range Status
  • Scope
  • Ecological setting
  • Scale and intensity
  • -- Fine to mid
  • -- Extensive to intensive
  • -- Broad scale

23
20 Code Range Analysis
  • Range Inventory
  • Data management
  • Standardized data
  • Migrating legacy data

24
20 Code Range Analysis
  • Archiving
  • NRIS Terra database
  • Personal Data Recorders (PDRs)

25
30 Code Utilization Monitoring
  • Focused at Allotment Scale
  • Proper Use Determinations
  • Guidance on Proper Use Criteria

26
40 Code Trend Monitoring
  • Monitoring Change Over Time (Trend)
  • Multiple Scales
  • Photo Points

27
40 Code Trend Monitoring
  • Trend Change in an attribute observed over time
  • In a range context, described as meeting,
    moving toward, or not meeting

28
  • 40 Code Monitoring at Multiple Scales

Multiple scales of space and
time Allotment vs. Landscape Snapshot vs.
Continuous
HUC 6
HUC 4
HUC 5
HUC6
HUC5
HUC4
29
40 Code Trend Monitoring
  • Rooted Nested Frequency Recommended
  • Transition from older methods (Parker 3-Step)

30
40 Code Trend Monitoring
  • Benchmarks
  • Trend Evaluation and Data Analysis

31
Range Analysis and Monitoring Handbook
  • Where do we go from here?

32
Range Analysis and Monitoring Handbook
  • Rollout workshop held in April 2006
  • Final review and edit
  • May-August 2006
  • Signed by Regional Forester September 2006

33
Range Analysis and Monitoring Handbook
  • 18-Month Direction (Expires in March 2008)
  • At that time can be revised and finalized
  • Interim document to make way for National
    direction
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