Range Inventory

A range inventory has been conducted on most of the range units in the District.  Priority range units were ones within the Rocky Mountain Trench in the Interior Douglas-fir and Ponderosa pine biogeoclimatic zones.  Inventories were conducted by contractors and in-house District staff.

Forage production clips were completed on many of the range units in the northern half of the District.  An assessment of what each plant community is producing in regards to forage in kilograms per hectare (kg/ha) would assist in the determination of carrying capacities and the setting of stocking rates.

Monitoring of ecosystem restoration treatments (for example: harvesting, slashing or burning) is also an integral part of the District's range inventory program.