Monitoring the southwestern Wyoming landscape—A foundation for management and science

Fact Sheet 2017-3030
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Natural resource monitoring involves repeated collections of resource condition data and analyses to detect possible changes and identify underlying causes of changes. For natural resource agencies, monitoring provides the foundation for management and science. Specifically, analyses of monitoring data allow managers to better understand effects of land-use and other changes on important natural resources and to achieve their conservation and management goals. Examples of natural resources monitored on public lands include wildlife habitats, plant productivity, animal movements and population trends, soil chemistry, and water quality and quantity. Broader definitions of monitoring also recognize the need for scientifically valid data to help support planning efforts and informed decisions, to develop adaptive management strategies, and to provide the means for evaluating management outcomes.

Suggested Citation

Manier, D.J., Anderson, P.J., Assal, T.J., Chong, G.W., and Melcher, C.P., 2017, Monitoring the southwestern Wyoming landscape—A foundation for management and science: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3030, 6 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • What is Monitoring?
  • Why is Monitoring Necessary?
  • Managing Multiple Resources and Land Uses through Coordinated Monitoring Efforts
  • Monitoring Wildlife and Habitat—Mule Deer Migration
  • Effectiveness Monitoring and Adaptive Management
  • Monitoring, Detecting, and Mapping Changes in Sagebrush Habitat
  • Integrating Habitat and Population Monitoring
  • Monitoring Energy Development
  • Monitoring Water Quantity and Quality

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Monitoring the southwestern Wyoming landscape—A foundation for management and science
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2017-3030
DOI 10.3133/fs20173030
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston VA
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 6 p.
Country United States
State Wyoming
Online Only (Y/N) N
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