A new technique called Earth Sense Technology (EST) is a more efficient and cost-effective way to assesses range conditions throughout the West. This report explains how the technology allows managers to better see, quantify, and understand the big picture of how grouse choose seasonal habitats.
Developed by Eric Sant and Gregg Simonds of Open Range Consulting, Inc. (ORC), EST combines ground-based high-resolution photo plots with aerial and satellite imagery to create detailed cover maps. For relatively low cost, the NRCS-led Sage Grouse Initiative and the BLM have used EST to map rangeland cover on nine sage grouse-related projects totaling six million acres in four western states.
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