Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health, Version 3

TitleInterpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health, Version 3
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsPellant M., Shaver P.L, Pyke D.A., Herrick JE
Number of Pages115
PublisherUSDI, Bureau of Land Management
CityDenver, CO
ARIS Log Number119163
Keywordsbiotic integrity, hydrologic function, indicators, rangeland health, soil and site stability

This technical reference describes a new qualitative assessment protocol to be used for interpreting indicators of rangeland health. Use of the reference will allow for more consistent interpretations of rangeland health indicators, thus making assessment results more comparable. The procedure has been developed for use by experienced, knowledgeable land managers as it requires a good understanding of ecological processes, vegetation, and soils for each of the sites to which it is applied. If used by knowledgeable and experienced people, they will be able to make rapid and preliminary evaluations of soil and site stability, hydrologic function, and biotic integrity on rangelands. It is not to be used for monitoring. The procedure requires that evaluators rate 17 indicators to assess 3 attributes (soil/site stability, hydrologic function, and biotic integrity) for a given location.