Monitoring Your Grass

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Once you have a baseline inventory established, it's important to monitor your rangeland once a year to mark changes over time. 

One of the easiest ways to monitor rangelands is to set up permanent photo plots. Taking photos along the same transact line at the same time every year gives you a great visual representation of how your forage and topsoil change from year to year.

For those who are more ambitious, a method called Line-point intercept will give you measurable data that can tell you how much bare ground you have and how much of your ground is covered by plants, litter, rocks and soil biological crusts.