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National Technical Guide Provides a Foundation for Monitoring Wildlife Habitat on National Forests

Photo of Standardized sampling of sagebrush habitats can inform management actions for sagebrush obligates like greater sage-grouse. Mary Rowland, USDA Forest ServiceStandardized sampling of sagebrush habitats can inform management actions for sagebrush obligates like greater sage-grouse. Mary Rowland, USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : This technical guide offers comprehensive guidance for habitat monitoring on public lands in the United States, particularly national forests and grasslands developing new forest plans under the 2012 planning rule.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Rowland, Mary M. 
Research Location : National
Research Station : Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW)
Year : 2014
Highlight ID : 758

Summary

Information about the status and trend of wildlife habitat is fundamental for meeting the mission and legal and policy requirements of the Forest Service. Habitat monitoring programs provide that information while fostering use of standardized, integrated approaches to produce robust knowledge. Many techniques have been used to monitor wildlife habitat in the Forest Service, but no comprehensive guide existed to provide standardized protocols for habitat monitoring. To that end, external partners and Forest Service managers and scientists from three research stations, eight regions, and the Washington Office published a national, multi-chaptered book. This technical guide provides current, scientifically credible, and practical protocols to inventory and monitor terrestrial wildlife habitat. It has been widely endorsed since its release; for example, in the science review of bioregional monitoring for the Sierra Nevada national forests and by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies for use in state wildlife action plans.

Additional Resources

A technical guide for monitoring wildlife habitat(publication)

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • FS Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, and 10
  • Forest Inventory and Analysis
  • Northern Research Station
  • Remote Sensing Applications Center
  • Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • Washington Office
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc.