Wildlife Ecology Unit
New changes for species entries in the IMPP
The Inventory and Monitoring Program
Plan (IMPP) is the tool used by the Forest Service to
plan inventory and monitoring activities for each National
Forest and National Grassland. Last year (fiscal year
2002) was the second year for entering data into the
IMPP, and it was the first year that the IMPP was web-based.
Those of you who entered data for 2002
recall that any inventory and monitoring activities
for wildlife went under Terrestrial Habitat or Terrestrial
Population. Under Activity Name, you entered the species
name (American marten) or species group (carnivores).
There was also a column called Existing Protocol where
you typed in the name of the protocol used for the inventory
or monitoring activity.
The entries for last year resulted in
499 combinations of activity name and protocol for Terrestrial
Habitat and Terrestrial Population across all units
of the Forest Service. That sounds like a lot of different
species and protocols, until you look closely. Due to
a lack of standardization, many species are entered
several times under several different names. Protocol
names are even more varied.
For example, the bald eagle has five
different names: Bald Eagle, Bald eagle, Threatened
Bald Eagle, Haleaeetus leucocephalus, and Bald Eagle/Osprey
Survey. There are 14 protocols associated with these
"five" species: Nest site search, Nest Monitoring,
Nest management plan, Wintering bald eagle surveys,
Mid-winter survey, Wisconsin DNR, NNF I&M Guide,
NRIS Fauna, Bald Eagle,Unknown, intu, local, and regional,
So how many species are actually being
included in the program plans? And how many protocols
are actually being used? In order to determine this,
we need a standard way to enter species names and protocols.
The IMPP web developers in Salt Lake
City are currently working with the FAUNA module to
acquire the list of standard species names currently
in FAUNA. Next year, you will pick from the standard
list rather than type in a species name.
For inventory or monitoring activities
targeted at species groups, you will have the option
of selecting the phrase Multiple Species plus one of
the descriptors: raptors, carnivores, landbirds, small
mammals, wading bird, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates.
Protocol names will be standardized
by selecting one of the following: national, regional,
state, or local. Therefore if you are doing a bald eagle
mid-winter survey using the FWS protocol, you would
enter "national" for the protocol name.
These changes will be in effect by October,