1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
Provide the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) with support for coordinating the statistical analysis and reporting of the condition of public lands in order to ensure that data from national sources collected through national inventories, including the NRCS NRI, is analyzed and made available in a timely manner, and that BLM will be able to use the reported data as soon as possible after the data is analyzed.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
ARS will lead and coordinate work of a diverse team of experts on data management, statistical analysis, and data delivery, together with BLM and NRCS managers and professionals. It will complete necessary statistical analyses, in coordination with NRCS and its contractors and other collaborators. It will develop novel natural resource data analysis and data and information delivery systems.
During FY 2013 we continued to provide scientific support to BLM and NRCS for the implementation of the National Resources Inventory on BLM rangelands. This included organizing workshops, providing input relative to the revision and standardization of protocols, and initiating the development of an interagency manual providing explicit instructions and scientific justification for the standard methods.