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The Riparian Area Management Plan. Authors: Gene Surber, MSU Extension Natural Resources Specialist Bob Ehrhart, Research Specialist, RWRP, Univ. of Montana. Introduction. Ranchers – “do-ers” Planning – systematic way of thinking Work smarter, not harder. Questions / Steps.

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The Riparian Area Management Plan

Authors:

Gene Surber, MSU Extension

Natural Resources Specialist

Bob Ehrhart, Research Specialist,

RWRP, Univ. of Montana

introduction
Introduction
  • Ranchers – “do-ers”
  • Planning – systematic way of thinking
  • Work smarter, not harder
questions steps
Questions / Steps
  • Where do we want to be
    • Set goals
  • Where are we now?
    • Inventory resources
  • How are we going to get there?
    • Identify & implement strategies
  • How will we know we’re moving?
    • Monitor the resources for desired change
step 1 set goals
Step 1: set goals
  • Provide purpose and focus
  • Specific goals
  • Long-term & Short-term
goals should be smart
Goals should be SMART
  • S – specific
  • M – measurable
  • A – attainable
  • R – related
  • T – tractable
step 2 inventory resources
Step 2: Inventory resources
  • Where are you now?
  • Inventory
    • Conditions of riparian area
    • Resources you have / don’t have
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Step 2: Inventory resources
  • Inventory (assessment) methods
  • One method = “Stream channel & riparian monitoring guide”
    • Basic method
    • Can be used with little training
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Step 2: Inventory resources
  • Labor
  • Money
  • Expertise
  • Equipment
  • Time
step 3 decide implement
Step 3: Decide & Implement
  • What – actions to take
  • Where – the actions will occur
  • When – the actions will happen
  • How – the actions will be done
  • What – the actions will achieve
step 4 monitor the impacts
Step 4: Monitor the impacts
  • Use the assessment guides for monitoring, as well
  • Photo-monitoring
  • Many assessments taken over time
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Step 4: Monitor the impacts
  • Why?
    • Why are you monitoring?
  • What?
    • What are you monitoring?
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Step 4: Monitor the impacts
  • Where?
    • How many sites?
      • 3 sites
      • Depends upon size of pasture
      • Depends upon different types of riparian areas
    • Accessibility
    • Time
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Step 4: Monitor the impacts
  • When?
    • Time of year
    • Regular basis – trends over time
      • Same sites, same time each year
photo monitoring
Photo-monitoring
  • Compares past with present
  • Record physical & biological changes
    • What am I trying to show?
    • How can I best “capture” it?
    • Is location appropriate now & in time?
determining photo locations
Determining photo locations
  • Shrubs block your view in 5 to 10 years
  • Anticipate floods
  • Same site from different directions
permanent locations
Permanent locations
  • Use markers
  • GPS readings (or compass bearings)
landscape view
Landscape view
  • Use “photo placard”
    • Date
    • Location
    • Time of day
    • Direction of shot
  • Vertical point
    • (notch in hill, rock outcropping)
close up view
Close-up view
  • 3 ft. x 3 ft. square
  • Stand on north side
  • Metal fence post or steel pole (100 ft away)
recording information
Recording information
  • Location on map
  • Compass bearing
  • Allotment and/or pasture name
  • Date, type of film, camera lens size
  • Information explaining each photograph
storing the information
Storing the information
  • Notebook
  • Slides: non-pvc, non-acidic sheets
  • CD or DVD of digital photos
limitations photo monitoring
Limitations – photo monitoring
  • Quantifiable data may be missed
  • Small notebook
  • PDA or Palm Pilot
  • Micro-cassette