Website Purpose:

  • To provide a step-by-step template for designing and implementing AIM Projects
  • To begin a monitoring effort, start with “Planning and Project Initiation” tab
  • To support yearly monitoring work, continue on through “Data Management and Project Evaluation”
  • To use data in decision-making, see the “Analysis and Reporting” tab

What is AIM? The goal of the Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring Strategy (AIM) is to reach across programs, jurisdictions, stakeholders, and agencies to provide standardized information to inform management decisions (Toevs et al 2011).

The AIM Strategy consists of five key elements that aid in collecting standardized and defensible monitoring data:

  1. A standardized set of core qualitative methods and indicators
    • Allows for easy comparison of data collected in different places and over time, allowing for data to be used in many different purposes at many different scales
  2. Statistically valid sample designs (where appropriate)
    • Minimizes bias and facilitates the use of the same data to make management decisions at different scales
    • Allows combination of data with other agencies using similar field and site selection methods
  3. Electronic data capture and management
    • Improves data quality, accessibility and interpretation, saving the BLM time and money
  4. A structured implementation process
    • Built on management questions and an understanding of ecosystems provides relevant and timely information to the decision maker
  5. Integration with remote sensing
    • Use in conjunction with remote sensing imagery to generate continuous maps of natural resource condition and trend on BLM lands

AIM is actively being implemented in over 70 BLM field offices and collected at more than 20,000 terrestrial and 2,500 lotic monitoring locations from Alaska to New Mexico. Example applications include:

  • Assessing the attainment of the BLM fundamentals of land health (43 CR 4180.1)
  • Informing grazing permit decisions (BLM Instruction Memorandum 2009-007)
  • Tracking the spread of invasive species and prioritizing treatment areas
  • Assessing reclamation and restoration treatment effectiveness, including after fires
  • Assessing habitat conditions for species of management concern (e.g., greater sage-grouse, native fishes, and mule deer habitat)
  • Determining the effectiveness of and adaptively managing land use plans (BLM Instruction Memorandum 2016-139)
  • Assisting in the completion of national, regional and state-based assessments to prioritize restoration, conservation, and permitted uses

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