Monitoring data must be interpreted and used to track progress toward objectives. This interpretation should be conducted by those directly involved in planning and implementing management. This includes the landowner or management agency and the on-the-ground people doing the management. For livestock grazing management, this includes the permittee or the cow-boss. Monitoring data can help identify linkages among conditions, objectives and management within the management unit. It can be used as evidence to support decisions to continue or modify existing management. Monitoring data can also be used to validate goals and objectives. To summarize, monitoring data are used to:
Monitoring is an integral component of adaptive resource management and is not an end in itself. If monitoring data are not used for these purposes, rangeland managers are not managing properly. Successful management requires collection of high-quality monitoring data and appropriate interpretation of all data, including ancillary information (notes, photos, observations, etc.) within the context of the management unit.
Monitoring is an integral component of adaptive resource management
Swanson, S., Schultz, B., Novak-Echenique, P., Dyer, K., McCuin, G., Linebaugh, J., Perryman, P., Tueller, P., Jenkins, R., Scherrer, B., Vogel, T., Voth, D., Freese, M., Shane, R., McGowan, K., 2018, Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd) | Chapter 12 - Interpretation and Use of Monitoring Data, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-18-03
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