Wildlife Ecology Unit
Species Protocol Development Guide
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 posted!