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Planning for Priority Species and Vegetation: Monitoring Framework. A Systematic Framework to Plan for Biological Resources In the BLM’s Land Use Planning Process. March 11, 2010. LAND USE PLANNING FOR PRIORITY SPECIES AND VEGETATION. BLM LEARNING NETWORK. How does it work?.

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planning for priority species and vegetation monitoring framework
Planning for Priority Species and Vegetation: Monitoring Framework

A Systematic Framework to

Plan for Biological Resources

In the BLM’s Land Use Planning Process

March 11, 2010

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LAND USE PLANNING FOR PRIORITY SPECIES

AND VEGETATION

BLM LEARNING NETWORK

How does it work?

SYSTEMATIC FRAMEWORK

Species / Vegetation

Health

Assessing

Effects

Develop

Strategies

Monitoring

Plans

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LAND USE PLANNING FOR PRIORITY SPECIES

AND VEGETATION

On – Site Training

CORE CONCEPTS

  • Identify priority species and vegetation
  • Assess health
  • Assess effects
  • Identify management strategies
  • Develop monitoring framework
monitoring

LAND USE PLANNING FOR PRIORITY SPECIES

AND VEGETATION

Monitoring
  • Informs the effectiveness of management strategies at:
    • Minimizing effects
    • Maintaining/restoring species or vegetation health
  • Determines when new strategies are needed
  • Generates priority species/vegetation health and effect summaries
  • Provides accountability
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LAND USE PLANNING FOR PRIORITY SPECIES

AND VEGETATION

Monitoring Framework

PRIORITY SPECIES AND VEGETATION

KEY ECOLOGICAL ATTRIBUTES

INDICATORS

MONITORING PLAN

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LAND USE PLANNING FOR PRIORITY SPECIES

AND VEGETATION

Effectiveness vs. status monitoring

Effectiveness vs. Status Measures

Effectiveness

Are management strategies having their intended effect?

Adaptive Management

Status

How are the priority species and vegetation doing?

How are effects to priority species and vegetation changing?

Early Warning System

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Monitoring

LAND USE PLANNING FOR PRIORITY SPECIES

AND VEGETATION

Health informs monitoring plan

For each priority species / vegetation, select key ecological attributes and indicators

MONITORING PLAN

indicators

LAND USE PLANNING FOR PRIORITY SPECIES

AND VEGETATION

Indicators
  • Measurable entities used to assess the status and trends of a priority species or vegetation’s Key Ecological Attribute(s).
  • Indicators should be:
    • biologically relevant (reflect species or vegetation health)
    • socially relevant (recognized by stakeholders)
    • sensitive to anthropogenic stress (reflect threats)
    • anticipatory (early warning)
    • measurable
    • cost-effective (max. information/unit effort)
select methods to collect data

LAND USE PLANNING FOR PRIORITY SPECIES

AND VEGETATION

Select Methods to Collect Data

A good method is:

  • Appropriate at the temporal and spatial scale of the species/vegetation or effects
  • Accurate and Reliable
  • Cost-Effective
  • Feasible
tips to reduce monitoring costs

LAND USE PLANNING FOR PRIORITY SPECIES

AND VEGETATION

Tips to reduce monitoring costs
  • Consider qualitative low-cost options rather than no monitoring
  • Consider less frequent monitoring visits
  • Use partner data whenever possible
  • Engage volunteers in monitoring
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AND VEGETATION

Key Attributes Indicators Monitoring

common issues and recommendations

LAND USE PLANNING FOR PRIORITY SPECIES

AND VEGETATION

Common issues and recommendations

Status vs. Effectiveness Monitoring

Establish effectiveness measures first

Species/Vegetation vs. Effects Monitoring

Monitor indicators that directly reflect objectives

What is the appropriate level of investment?

Consider

  • Presence of serious effects
  • Level of understanding of species, vegetation and effects
  • Where actions are occurring
  • Available resources
critical questions

LAND USE PLANNING FOR PRIORITY SPECIES

AND VEGETATION

Critical Questions
  • Has at least one indicator and monitoring protocol been identified for each objective?
  • Have irrelevant or redundant indicators been excluded?
  • Can the monitoring plan be feasibly implemented? At least the high priority indicators?
adaptive management

LAND USE PLANNING FOR PRIORITY SPECIES

AND VEGETATION

Adaptive Management

Monitoring data must be analyzed and results used to inform management actions and changes in management direction