Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) Training 2015
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in partnership with the USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range will host three training events in 2015 for the BLM’s Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) program. Each training will provide participants with the framework and skills to implement a monitoring program which is consistent with the AIM Strategy. Participants will receive training in core monitoring concepts, plot characterization techniques, data collection protocols, and data management practices. In addition, each training will include one break-out session divided into two sections. The first section is designed for data collectors and will focus on perfecting data collection techniques and crew calibration. The second section, targeted to natural resource specialists, will include discussions of project design, project management and implementation, and data analysis and interpretation. Prior to each class, participants will be asked to complete 1-4 hours of coursework to minimize time spent in the classroom during the training.
There is no cost to attend these courses. Each course can accommodate 50 participants, 40 of these spots are reserved for BLM employees. Additional training courses may be added depending on need and interest.
Register for these trainings here: http://dev.landscapetoolbox.org/training/registration/
Download flyer with above information.
For more information about the BLM AIM Strategy, go to http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/Landscape_Approach/Monitoring_for_Adaptive_Management.html.
Field Botany Workshops
Kirsten Romig of the Jornada Experimental Range conducts bimonthly Field Botany Workshops for Jornada employees and anyone else who has an interest in learning to identify plants on the Jornada plain. This is a Continuing Education Workshop worth 2.5 or more CEU's. Workshop are scheduled for:
If you plan to attend a workshop, please register by e-mail or call. Deadline to register is the Thursday before the workshop.
Field tours will begin at 8:00 am at Wooton Hall on the New Mexico State University campus, Las Cruces, NM. A map will be emailed when you register. Please bring your lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat with a wide brim. If possible bring a hand lens, Kelly Allred's Pocket Guide to the Flora of the Jornada Plain (available at www.Lulu.com) or a comparable plant key, and a camera. The workshop will include at least four typical plant ecosystems within the Jornada Experimental Range. Personal desires and requests can be scheduled, such as:
The workshops should end around 3:00 pm but often extends to 5:00 pm.
To register or for inquiries, email Kirsten at email@example.com, or call her office at 575.646.4465.
Spring and summer flowering plants on the jornada - http://jornada.nmsu.edu/jornada/flowering-plants
See photos from previous workshops - http://jornada.nmsu.edu/photo-essay/botany-workshop
For detailed information about this workshop, go to http://jornada.nmsu.edu/sites/jornada.nmsu.edu/files/RangelandHealthWorkshops_3-26-14.pdf
Pedoderm and Pattern Class Workshop
**No future workshops currently planned**
You can download the Field Guide and PowerPoint slides from the workshop here -
SRM CEU Credits: 8
Limited to 20 participants
Location: Wooton Hall on the NMSU campus and Jornada Experimental Range (JER) ranch headquarters (vans will be provided to shuttle participants between Wooton Hall and JER)
Description: This two-day training will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of Pedoderm and Pattern Classes (PPC) and their uses for inventory, assessment, ecological site development and management decision making. Participants will be trained to apply PPCs in a consistent and repeatable fashion. Day one includes indoor (Garcia Building JER Ranch Headquarters) and outdoor (Jornada Experimental Range), hands-on instruction in assigning PPCs using the Field Guide to Pedoderm and Pattern Classes. Day two includes further calibration followed by a 'methods test.' The methods test will be used to ensure consistency of the PPC method. The workshop is suitable for professionals with backgrounds in a variety natural resources and ecology fields. Lunch will be provided.
Bring your own water, hat, sunscreen and other field equipment. Pencils, clipboards, data forms, and a Field Guide to Pedoderm and Pattern Classes will be provided.