PUBLIC LAND RANGE MONITORING
The Uinta County Conservation District believes every public land grazing permit should be equipped with the protection that rangeland monitoring provides. We highly encourage a combined effort between UCCD, the managing agency over the public land, and the permit holder toward building a monitoring database that can not only aid current management but also help ensure the persistence of the agricultural industry in Uinta County.
The background information needed to begin monitoring, along with a basic timetable of events is listed below:
Permittees need to have a voluntary interest and commitment to monitoring on their private ground or public allotments.
The District along with the permittee or permittees, as would be the case for common allotments, work with the BLM or Forest Service and jointly develop common goals and objectives.
Data will also be used in long term vegetation health trends, with transects being read every three to five years and short term or annual use monitoring which is read every year.
No monetary expense to the landowners aside from commitment and time.
Data collected through rangleland monitoring is important for:
NEPA process & permit renewal on public land
Protection of both the agency and the permittee
The Rangeland Analysis Platform is a free online program which combines on-the-ground data with remote sensing to produce maps and charts which show vegetation characteristics on the landscape. Its data and monitoring cover from 1984 to the present over the United States. This means it can present vegetative data in the western states, making our county easily accessible through the app. The information it provides is a wide lens and meant to be combined with on-the-ground data site-specific knowledge.
Click here for a pdf explanation of how to use the Rangeland App.