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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health, Version 4

Authors
item Pellant, Mike - BLM
item Shaver, Pat - NRCS
item Pyke, David - USGS
item Herrick, Jeffrey

Submitted to: Society for Range Management Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: February 1, 2006
Publication Date: February 12, 2006
Citation: Pellant, M., Shaver, P., Pyke, D., Herrick, J. 2006. Interpreting indicators of rangeland health, Version 4 [abstract]. The Society for Range Management 59th Annual Meeting and Trade Show, February 12-17, 2006, Vancouver, British Columbia. Paper No. 278.

Technical Abstract: Land managers are in need of an assessment tool that provides a preliminary evaluation of rangeland health. Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health, Version 4 is the second published version of a protocol that uses 17 easily observed indicators summarized as three rangeland health attributes (soil/site/stability/hydrologic function, and biotic integrity). Version 3 was published in 2000 and has been widely used in the United States by land management agencies and technical assistance specialists. The changes in Version 4 build up the Version 3 framework and increase the consistency in the application of the protocol in two ways. The most significant modification is the replacement of the ecological site description and/or reference area(s) with an ecological site-specific reference sheet as the standard for the evaluation process. The reference sheet integrates all available sources of data and knowledge, including the ecological site description and reference areas, to generate a range of reference values for each indicator. The reference sheet will be included in ecological site descriptions as they are updated. A second significant modification is the addition of recommended quantitative measurements to support the qualitative evaluations. Version 4 is currently being translated into Chinese, Mongolian, and Spanish.

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