Monitoring methodology for pasture degradation and restoration

TitleMonitoring methodology for pasture degradation and restoration
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsHerrick JE
Conference NameProceedings of the International Symposium on Silvopastoral Systems/Agroforestry and Livestock
Date PublishedApril 2-9, 2001
Conference LocationSan Jose, Costa Rica
Accession NumberJRN00339
ARIS Log Number129603

A simple, flexible, quantitative methodology has been developed to monitor the ecological sustainability of grassland, shrubland and savanna ecosystems. Three core soil and vegetation measurements are supplemented by optional measurements to generate indicators of three key ecosystem attributes: soil and site stability, hydrologic function and biotic integrity. The optional measurements are selected based on monitoring objectives and site-specific resource concerns, such as compaction. The methodology is designed to facilitate active participation of farmers and ranchers in both design and implementation. The approach is supported by an extensive research program of the USDA Agricultural Research Service and will be summarized in a manual to be published in both English and Spanish.