National Drought Mitigation Center

Rangeland Monitoring

The methods described here are useful for:

  • determining the carrying capacity of your various pastures 
  • correlating transect, clipping, and measurement results with a visual image that will later help you visually monitor range conditions
  • quickly and objectively assessing the cumulative effects of management and environmental variables on rangeland health.

Clip and Weigh Method to Calculate Carrying Capacity

Range Health Checklist

Using Photopoints to Evaluate Range