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dc.contributor.authorPyke, D. A.
dc.contributor.authorHerrick, J. E.
dc.contributor.authorShaver, P.
dc.contributor.authorPellant, M.
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-18T05:05:16Z
dc.date.available2020-09-18T05:05:16Z
dc.date.issued2002-11-01
dc.identifier.citationPyke, D. A., Herrick, J. E., Shaver, P., & Pellant, M. (2002). Rangeland health attributes and indicators for qualitative assessment. Journal of Range Management, 55(6), 584-597.
dc.identifier.issn0022-409X
dc.identifier.doi10.2307/4004002
dc.identifier.doi10.2458/azu_jrm_v55i6_pyke
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/643703
dc.description.abstractPanels of experts from the Society for Range Management and the National Research Council proposed that status of rangeland ecosystems could be ascertained by evaluating an ecological site's potential to conserve soil resources and by a series of indicators for ecosystem processes and site stability. Using these recommendations as a starting point, we developed a rapid, qualitative method for assessing a moment-in-time status of rangelands. Evaluators rate 17 indicators to assess 3 ecosystem attributes (soil and site stability, hydrologic function, and biotic integrity) for a given location. Indicators include rills, water flow patterns, pedestals and terracettes, bare ground, gullies, wind scour and depositional areas, litter movement, soil resistance to erosion, soil surface loss or degradation, plant composition relative to infiltration, soil compaction, plant functional/structural groups, plant mortality, litter amount, annual production, invasive plants, and reproductive capability. In this paper, we detail the development and evolution of the technique and introduce a modified ecological reference worksheet that documents the expected presence and amount of each indicator on the ecological site. In addition, we review the intended applications for this technique and clarify the differences between assessment and monitoring that lead us to recommend this technique be used for moment-in-time assessments and not be used for temporal monitoring of rangeland status. Lastly, we propose a mechanism for adapting and modifying this technique to reflect improvements in understanding of ecosystem processes. We support the need for quantitative measures for monitoring rangeland health and propose some measures that we believe may address some of the 17 indicators.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSociety for Range Management
dc.relation.urlhttps://rangelands.org/
dc.rightsCopyright © Society for Range Management.
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
dc.subjectsoil surface
dc.subjectsoil structure
dc.subjectflow resistance
dc.subjectsoil morphology
dc.subjectgullied land
dc.subjectwind erosion
dc.subjecthydrologic factors
dc.subjectassessment
dc.subjectrapid methods
dc.subjectdata collection
dc.subjectecological balance
dc.subjectgrassland condition
dc.subjectoverland flow
dc.subjectrill erosion
dc.subjectground cover
dc.subjectgrasslands
dc.subjectrange condition
dc.subjectperennials
dc.subjectmortality
dc.subjectvegetation
dc.subjectbiomass production
dc.subjectrange management
dc.subjectplant litter
dc.subjectintroduced species
dc.subjectinvasive species
dc.subjectliterature reviews
dc.subjectUnited States
dc.subjectsoil compaction
dc.subjectsoil stability
dc.subjecthydrologic function
dc.subjectbiological integrity
dc.subjectecosystem status
dc.subjecterosion
dc.subjectinfiltration
dc.subjectinventory
dc.titleRangeland health attributes and indicators for qualitative assessment
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dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Range Management
dc.description.collectioninformationThe Journal of Range Management archives are made available by the Society for Range Management and the University of Arizona Libraries. Contact lbry-journals@email.arizona.edu for further information.
dc.eprint.versionFinal published version
dc.description.admin-noteMigrated from OJS platform August 2020
dc.source.volume55
dc.source.issue6
dc.source.beginpage584-597
refterms.dateFOA2020-09-18T05:05:17Z


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