Vegetation Measurement and Monitoring

10.4 Additional Learning Resources

For further reading and learning materials on vegetation inventory and monitoring topics, explore the following material:


Reading Resources

The following reading materials discuss general and in-depth monitoring concepts and practices. Click the link to read the following materials.

 
Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations

Elzinga, C.L., D.W. Salzer and J.W. Willoughby. 1998. Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations. Technical Reference 1730-1. Bureau of Land Management. Denver, Colorado. USDI, BLM

 
Plant Frequency Sampling for Monitoring Rangelands

Despain, D.W., and E.L. Smith. 1991. The Comparative Yield Method for Estimating Range Productivity. In: G.B. Ruyle. (ed). Some methods for monitoring rangelands and other natural area vegetation. University of Arizona, College of Agriculture, Extension Report 9043. pp. 27-48.

 
Smith, E.L, and D.W. Despain. 1991. The Dry-weight Rank Method of Estimating Plant Species Composition. In: G.B. Ruyle. (ed). Some methods for monitoring rangelands and other natural area vegetation. University of Arizona, College of Agriculture, Extension Report 9043. pp. 49-62.

 
Sampling Vegetation Attributes

Coulloudon, B., K. Eshelman, J. Gianola, N. Habrich, L. Hughes, et al. 1996. Sampling Vegetation Attributes. Denver, Colorado: United States Department of Agriculture- Bureau of Land Management, National Business Center.

 
Measurements for Terrestrial Vegetation

Bonham, C.D. 1989. Measurements for terrestrial vegetation. John Wiley & Son, New York, NY. pp 49-88.

 
Range Research: Basic Problems and Techniques

Cook, C.W., and J. Stubbendieck. (eds). 1986. Range research: Basic problems and techniques. Society for Range Management, Denver, CO. pp 215-216.


Web Resources

The University of Arizona provides an excellent online resource with information about sampling and vegetation measurements for inventory and monitoring

 
The LandscapeToolbox is a useful site for finding tools and methods for effective rangeland management, such as plant production-harvesting, plant production-estimating, and plant production-double sampling.

 
The USDA-NRCS (2006) National Range and Pasture Handbook provides information on methods of conducting biomass and dry-weight conversion tables.


Video Resources

The following videos discuss concepts and techniques of measuring biomass. Click the links to watch the videos.

 
Guidelines for Residual Dry Matter: University of California Division of Agriculture

 
Plant Production (Double Sampling Plant Biomass): Dr. Pat Shaver, USDA-NRCS and USDA-ARS