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Ecological monitoring may be described as the process of continuous observation of the environment and adaptation of action, or as the repetitive observation of phenomena within a certain framework of time and place. Land managers typically use monitoring to observe changes in a certain area due to management activities and use that information to support decisions on future actions – i.e., adaptive management. Monitoring is mandated in numerous pieces of legislation but is most often connected with NEPA process. Agency policy also mandates monitoring.

FFI - Ecological Monitoring Utilities

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  • designed to help managers fulfill monitoring requirements
  • supports scalable (project to landscape scale) monitoring at the field and research level
  • encourages cooperative, interagency data management and information sharing

FIREMON: Fire Effects Monitoring and Inventory System

Image: logoFIREMON: Fire Effects Monitoring and Inventory System is an agency independent plot level sampling system designed to characterize changes in ecosystem attributes over time.

The system consists of:

  • a sampling strategy manual,
  • standardized sampling methods,
  • field forms,
  • Access database, and
  • a data analysis program.
Modified: Apr 10, 2019