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item Herrick, Jeffrey - Jeff
item Van Zee, Justin
item Havstad, Kris
item Burkett, Laura
item Whitford, Walter

Submitted to: Complete Book
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/1/2004
Publication Date: 1/1/2005
Citation: Herrick, J.E., Van Zee, J.W., Havstad, K.M., Burkett, L.M., Whitford, W.G. 2005. Monitoring Manual for Grassland, Shrubland, and Savanna Ecosystems. Volume II: Design, Supplementary Methods, and Interpretation. Tucson, Arizona: University of Arizona Press. 200 p.

Interpretive Summary: Interpretive summary not required.

Technical Abstract: 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.