What this Lesson Covers
It is clear that there are many ways to measure and monitor
plant communities. But, one illusive goal of land managers is to
assess "how healthy the land is." When we go to the
doctor, many indicators and attributes are measures to examine
our health. For example, the doctor or nurse measures our blood
pressure, weight, heart rate, and lung congestion. But,
the bottom line is... we want to know what is wrong or if we are
Land managers ask these same questions of the plant communities they manage.
Several protocols have been created to determine vegetation community health. In
this module we would explore protocols designed to assess Rangeland Health
(Lesson 2) and Forest Health (Lesson 3). Focus of assignments will be on
Rangeland Health and examining Ecological Sit Descriptions (ESDs) when
evaluating site potential.
After this module you will be able to: