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Rangeland Inventory, Monitoring, and Evaluation:
Vegetation Attributes

Introduction | General Principles | Sampling Concepts | Vegetation Attributes
Rangeland Evaluation | Management Applications | Chapter Outline

Rangeland inventory and monitoring programs have traditionally focused on describing attributes of the vegetation to describe current rangeland status or detect changes over time. The selection of attributes is an important consideration when planning a sampling program.

The following sections describe the vegetation attributes that are regularly used in rangeland inventory or monitoring programs and discuss the strengths and weaknesses for the many field sampling techniques that are available to measure these attributes.