The Jornada is an international leader in the development of land assessment and monitoring protocols. The Jornada has developed a quantitative monitoring protocol, Monitoring Manual for Grassland, Shrubland and Savanna Ecosystems, that is being applied in the U.S. and at least four countries outside the U.S. The Jornada also co-authored the qualitative assessment protocol, Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health, which is being applied globally.
The selection and use of monitoring and assessment protocols are critical components of effective land management. These protocols provide information that can be used in the decision-making processes employed by a land owner or land manager. Techniques and technologies to reform the foundation for a land management knowledge system are described in the August 2011 issue of Rangelands. This special issue was sponsored by The Jornada in cooperation with BLM, NRCS, and TNC.