Vegetation Measurement and Monitoring

Utilization Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives 

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  1. Define utilization and differentiate between utilization and relative use.
  2. Describe the appropriate uses of utilization data.
  3. Describe the kinds of decisions about ground rules for sampling (such as the used of key areas and key species) that must be determined when measuring utilization.
  4. Differentiate between the main methods used to measure utilization, including direct grazed and ungrazed comparisons and estimation methods based on height-weight relationships, grazed-classes, grazed plant, ocular estimation and visual rating methods. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.
  5. Given a small data set, analyze and interpret utilization data collected with different methods.