USDA Forest Service Resource Information Group
Inventory and Monitoring
The purpose and intent of monitoring are diagnostic and evaluative. Inventory and monitoring activities should facilitate understanding of resource conditions and trends based upon deliberately selected indicators and scientifically valid methods. Conditions and trends of interest to the Forest Service are ecological, social, or economic. Effective monitoring produces knowledge that contributes to meaningful, timely, and wise action. RIG works with field personnel to develop policy, guidance, and direction for:
Many laws and Executive Orders require the Forest Service to conduct monitoring, but the National Forest Management Act provides the primary Congressional direction (16 USC 1604). This Act requires the Forest Service to conduct monitoring that will allow determinations for at least the following three key areas:
Monitoring activities are tools for learning and the foundation of adaptive management. Proper use of these tools allows information, gathered through inventory or monitoring activities, to serve as the basis for evaluating whether resource conditions are changing or not and whether those changes are desired.
Forest Service Resource Information Protocols
Several teams have been approved by the agency Information Resource Board to develop national biophysical, social and economic protocols. The Resource Information Group is responsible for managing a portfolio of investments in resource information protocols. These protocol projects are the primary, but not exclusive, source of national protocols for collection and analysis of biophysical, social, and economic data in support of national forest management.
Plot-GEM is tool that has been useful to design of inventory and monitoring sampling and survey work.
National Resource Information Resources
National Resource Information Programs and Projects
Forest Service Programs
Selected Forest Service Inventory and Monitoring Projects
RIG is also responsible for Monitoring the Effectiveness and Validating Response to the Road Related Mitigation Practices Implemented on the Pikes Peak Highway, a project assigned as part of the Settlement Agreement between the Sierra Club and the United States Department of Agriculture (Forest Service in Sierra Club v. Venneman, 2001).
Selected Programs of Other Federal Agencies
Patrice Janiga, PMP
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