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Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health - Version 4

Rangeland health describes the ecological status of rangelands. The concept of rangeland health has become the preferred alternative to range condition.  This concept is currently used by most range professionals as a basis for inventory and assessment.

Version 4 of Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health is the second published edition of this technique. The changes are designed to improve consistency in the application of the process.  The most significant modification is the replacement of the Ecological Reference Area Worksheet with the Reference Sheet.  The reference sheet facilitates consistent application on each ecological site by integrating all available sources of data and knowledge to generate a single range of reference conditions for each indicator. Based on a more thorough review of the literature, the attribute assignment for the litter movement indicator was moved from Hydrologic Function to Soil/Site Stability