Rangeland Health

The Jornada Experimental Range co-developed a qualitative assessment protocol for rangelands (Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health), which is being applied globally. In this protocol, evaluators assess three ecosystem attributes by rating 17 indicators tied to the attributes. The ecosystem attributes are: soil and site stability, biotic integrity and hydrological function.


Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health - by M. Pellant, P. Shaver, D.A. Pyke, and J.E. Herrick. 2005. TR 1734-6. Bureau of Land Management. 121pp. Now available in Chinese and Spanish.

IIRH Cover              

IIRH Evaluation Matrix Microsoft Word document

IIRH Evaluation Matrix Microsoft Excel spreadsheet


PowerPoint Presentations from Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health Broadcast, April 2006

Introduction: What This Broadcast Will Cover
Part I: What's the Reference?
Reference Sheet Development
Evaluation Matrix
Quantitative Data
Applications and Constraints
What's Next