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Seth McFarland grew up on his family's ranch in Carmen Creek, just north of Salmon, Idaho. Last year, he graduated from the University of Idaho with a range management degree. McFarland was eager to apply what he learned from college in managing the ranch.
He's set up more than 10 range-monitoring transects on their private land and nearby Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service grazing allotments. Today, McFarland is recording information from a line-point intercept monitoring transect on the Badger Springs BLM allotment adjacent to their ranch.
"What I do is collect cover data right at every 4 feet along this 200-foot transect," McFarland says. "The cover data will indicate long-term trend. And I will repeat this every 4-5 years."
At the monitoring points, McFarland is finding native bluebunch wheatgrass, Idaho fescue, wildflowers and sage brush, among other species. His Dad found a grouse nest under a sage brush a few feet away.
"The line point intercept is essentially like an inventory," McFarland says. "So this method is just a rapid quick assessment, a quick inventory of what's here, and it's useful for trend over time."Read More