USDA Forest Service Resource Information Group
Land Management Plan Monitoring
Land Management Plan Monitoring is a specific application of inventory, monitoring, and assessment activities designed to answer these and similar questions:
Specific RIG responsibilities apply to social, economic, and ecological topics, and include guidance for:
The Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to Support Land Management Planning guides the process of LMP monitoring by identifying the six themes and nine sub-elements that Forests and Grasslands should address to fulfill monitoring needs.
Purpose and Intent of Land Management Plan Monitoring
The purpose and intent of a Land Management Plan monitoring program are diagnostic and evaluative, focused and concise. Monitoring answers one overarching question:
Is there a need to develop a new plan or to change the existing plan?
A Land Management Plan monitoring program should facilitate understanding conditions and trends of a plan area’s key characteristics. A key characteristic responds to management actions in timely and meaningful ways that allow prompt recognition of a need to change. Generally, a need for change exists when progress towards desired conditions is inadequate, when intended contributions to sustainability are not occurring.
Forest Service Land Management Plan Monitoring Guidance
Tracy Connell Hancock
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