Lotic AIM Training

Lotic AIM is a standardized approach for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to quantitatively monitor and assess the condition and trend of wadeable streams and rivers (i.e., lotic systems) on BLM-administered public lands. AIM is based on structured implementation to guide monitoring program development; standardized field sampling methodologies, electronic data capture, storage, and access; and the use of appropriate sample designs (e.g., targeted sampling for specific information or spatial random samples for Land Use Plan effectiveness). Lotic AIM methods and indicators follow BLM’s Fundamentals of Land Health and are actively used by over 50 field offices to answer questions such as: 1. Are management areas meeting land health standards; 2. Are reclamation and restoration treatments effective; 3. Are we maintaining or improving habitat for species of management concern; 4. Are land use plans effective? Please read Introducing the Framework and Indicators for Lotic Systems TR 1735-1 for more information.

The objective of this field-based training is for participants to be proficient in the collection of AIM lotic core and contingent field methods. Participants will learn how to:

  • Implement a spatially balanced random sample (if you are using this type of design)
  • Collect all core, contingent, and covariate methods outlined in the Lotic Field Protocol for Wadeable Systems – 1735-2 . These methods focus on:
    • Biodiversity and riparian habitat quality (e.g., macroinvertebrate sampling, floodplain connectivity, bank stability and cover)
    • Water Quality (e.g., pH, conductivity, temperature)
    • Watershed function and instream habitat quality (e.g., pool dimensions, streambed particle size, Slope)
  • Use electronic data capture applications (SARAH, Collector)
  • Conduct field and post-field QAQC methods

Training specifics:

Lotic AIM core methods training is six days long with 4-8 hours of online pre-training exercises. Technicians are required to attend all six days of training, while project leads only need attend the first 3.5 days. Training is mandatory for technicians and optional (but strongly encouraged) for project leads. If you do not have an AIM crew, but want to collect data using AIM methods and have it stored in AquADat you must attend the Core Methods training and follow AIM data management practices. Folks interested in attending a training but not involved in an AIM project are encouraged to register, but may be asked to attend a different location or attend in a future year if capacity if filled.  For the 2020 field season the following trainings will be available:

Dates and locations for 2020:

  • Cedar City, Utah May 18th CANCELLED!
  • Montrose/Delta, Colorado June 1st  CANCELLED!
  • Baker City, Oregon June 8th CANCELLED!
  • Anchorage, Alaska July 6th CANCELLED!
  • NOC hosted training, June 22nd CANCELLED!
  • Private, State-Led Local Trainings, various dates and locations, limited to crews operating during 2020

Register for Lotic Field Methods Training: See above for 2020 registration specifics. For questions or concerns contact Nicole Cappuccio (ncappuccio@blm.gov) and Kate Lunz (klunz@blm.gov) at the BLM National Operations Center.

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