Developing Broad Scale Indicators for Monitoring Ecosystems and Landscapes

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Many issues currently facing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and other large land managers span large landscapes, including sage-grouse conservation, wildfires, and energy development. Such challenges involve changes at both local and broad scales, but monitoring has typically focused at the scale of individual sites. The USGS is working to develop broad-scale indicators for monitoring landscapes and to standardize methods and datasets for quantifying the broad-scale indicators.