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We use a set of methods designed in part by Montana State University to provide ranchers with easy-to-use, efficient monitoring techniques. Also known as “Monitoring for Success,” this program was developed as an interagency effort to create a uniform standard for landowner monitoring. Under the umbrella of the MRP, these methods are being updated and incorporated into educational materials and programs.

Printable Monitoring Forms

The forms listed below are used by our field technicians when helping landowners establish range monitoring sites. If you would like more information on how to implement these monitoring methods, please contact one of our range technicians. We can provide technical assistance free of charge!

Study Location Sheet

Use this form to record the GPS points, legal description, and site characteristics of your photo monitoring location. Not all boxes need to be filled in, but enough information should be given so that you can re-locate the site each year.


Rangeland and Riparian Health Checklists

These forms were designed by MSU Extension to provide easy-to-use tools for assessing grazing land health. The checklist items are based on agency methods, but simplified for quick use in the field. Each question is worded so that “Yes” is always a positive indicator.


Trend Monitoring Sheet

Use this form to record ground cover at 50 or 100 observation points along an established transect. It is important to record the location of the transect line to be able to find the location again. Trend monitoring records the ground cover to provide an estimate of rangeland trend over time.

Stubble Height/Utilization

Use the stubble height form to record residual stubble height after grazing for 25 or 50 plants in the monitoring location. The height of the residual stubble is used to measure grazing intensity.

Use the utilization form to record utilization of 25 to 50 plants after grazing. The utilization estimates are used to measure grazing intensity.

Photo Label

Use this form to accompany photo monitoring. Information will provide date, pasture, and transect location.

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