Monitoring Manual for Grassland, Shrubland and Savanna Ecosystems

TitleMonitoring Manual for Grassland, Shrubland and Savanna Ecosystems
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsHerrick JE, Van Zee J, Havstad K, Burkett LM, Whitford WG
Number of Pages200
PublisherUniversity of Arizona Press - Distributor
CityTucson, AZ
ARIS Log Number179852
Keywordsecosystem, grassland, management, monitoring, monitoring manual, savanna, shrubland
AbstractThis two-volume document is intended to assist a wide range of users, including technicians (data collectors), field crew leaders, ranchers and landowners, land managers, rangeland professionals, and researchers. Volume II provides more detailed guidance on monitoring program design, data analysis and interpretation. It also includes a number of supplementary methods.Monitoring is part of a broader process in which we use data to test and refine management decisions. Monitoring data allow the collective knowledge of scientists and land managers to be applied to improve resource management. Monitoring is designed to support a diverse set of goals required by various societal interests. The monitoring procedures described in this manual provide data on three key attributes of landscape and ecosystem sustainability: soil and site stability, hydrologic function, and biotic integrity. These data provide the foundation for assessing and evaluating the degree to which societal goals and/or values are being met by current landscape management. They also provide the basis for management options that meet specific goals.