Assessing vegetation condition in temperate montane grasslands.

Julian Seddon, Mark Bourne, Danielle Murphy, Stuart Doyle, Sue Briggs

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    Rapid assessment techniques are commonly used for measuring vegetation condition at sites. Techniques for measuring site condition need to be quantitative, repeatable, rapid and simple. The key challenge is achieving a balance between simple techniques and adequate discrimination of condition between sites. This study compared a grassland condition index with the existing BioMetric condition index and showed that (i) the grassland index provided a strong measure of the relationship of temperate montane grassland sites with disturbance level, and differentiated condition of sites to a high degree and (ii) the simpler BioMetric index provided a strong measure of the relationship of the grassland sites with disturbance and differentiated their condition to a moderate degree. The choice of index to assess grassland condition should depend on purpose, cost and capacity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)141-144
    Number of pages4
    JournalEcological Management and Restoration
    Volume12
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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    Seddon, Julian ; Bourne, Mark ; Murphy, Danielle ; Doyle, Stuart ; Briggs, Sue. / Assessing vegetation condition in temperate montane grasslands. In: Ecological Management and Restoration. 2011 ; Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 141-144.
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    Assessing vegetation condition in temperate montane grasslands. / Seddon, Julian; Bourne, Mark; Murphy, Danielle; Doyle, Stuart; Briggs, Sue.

    In: Ecological Management and Restoration, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2011, p. 141-144.

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