The Forest Service, through the Ecosystem Management
Coordination staff, is undertaking a multi-year effort to improve
the consistency of inventory and monitoring (I&M) throughout
the agency. As part of this effort, protocols will be developed
for all I&M activities at national and regional levels.
The Species Protocol Development Guide is being
created to improve consistency in how protocols are developed for
wildlife, fish, and rare plant species. The Guide is currently in
preparation under a contract with Pacific Research Institute of
Corvallis, Oregon. It describes all aspects of a protocol: setting
objectives, selecting an indicator, developing a sample design,
collecting data, analyzing data, storing data, and preparing reports.
The Guide will be available in the fall of 2003. We'll keep you