Regional Core Methods Training

Terrestrial Training

AIM Terrestrial Core Methods Training; Lander, WY 2017

These annual field courses are designed to train all AIM data collectors in the terrestrial Core Methods used to gather data in the field.  Trainings include protocol instruction, supervised practice, and calibration. They also provide an opportunity to practice with an electronic data capture device (e.g., DIMA).  Training dates and locations are as follows:

Due to the Covid-19 situation all April and May Terrestrial Core Methods Training are canceled. The National AIM Team is working with state leadership to offer dispersed training options for the 2020 field season. Please review the AIM Terrestrial Dispersed Training Document for more details.

  • Barstow, California from 03/10/2020 to 03/13/2020
  • Cedar City, Utah from 04/14/2020 to 04/17/2020
  • Prineville, Oregon from 04/21/2020 to 04/24/2020
  • Twin Falls, Idaho from 04/20/2020 to 04/23/2020
  • Reno, Nevada from 4/27/2020 to 04/30/2020
  • Billings, Montana from 05/12/2020 to 05/15/2020
  • Lander, Wyoming 05/18/2020 to 05/21/2020
  • Grand Junction, Colorado from 05/19/2020 to 05/22/2020
  • Las Cruces, New Mexico from 07/20/2020 to 07/23/2020

We recommend that the entire field crew attends a field methods course at the start of each field season.  For integration into TerrADat, the minimum requirement is that the crew lead has attended an AIM training in the last three years.

If you have completed a training, please be sure to look over the post-training resources.

Terrestrial Core Methods Training Presentation Videos:

Link to Pre-Coursework materials:

Pre-Course Training Materials

Register for Terrestrial training individually on DOI Talent:
Trainees with DOI credentials can go to: and will automatically be logged in. The training location, the term ‘AIM’ and the course number 1730-38 are needed to find the trainings on DOI Talent.

Trainees without DOI credentials:

IMPORTANT:  You MUST enter in the course and class you want to attend (see below).  You can find the instructions and the request form here:
Please allow 7-10 days for account request approvals, use a personal email address and a phone number you can be reached at.
Here are the basic instructions:
  • There are 3 sections to the form; “Username and Password”, “More Details” and “Other Fields”; you MUST complete ALL THREE sections and enter data into EVERY field. See specific instructions for several fields below, other fields are self-explanatory.
  • Username‘ field: insert the email address where you wish to receive system notifications. This will be your DOI Talent username. Please ensure that the spelling of your email address is correct in both the username and email address fields.
  • The “Comments” field: indicate the specific COURSE NAME¬†and whether or not you’ve attended training with us before or have been affiliated with DOI in the past.
  • The “Bureau” field: select the BUREAU that is offering the course you wish to attend.
  • The “Affiliation” field : select the option that most closely matches your situation


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 AIM lotic monitoring protocol¬†and¬†supplemental protocol. 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 (Collector, SARAH, Survey123)
  • 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¬† CANCELED!
  • Montrose/Delta, Colorado June 1st¬† CANCELED!
  • Baker City, Oregon June 8th¬† CANCELED!
  • Anchorage, Alaska July 6th
  • NOC hosted training, June 22nd CANCELED
  • Private Small Scale Local Training, various dates and locations
    • Registration tracking form available soon.

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

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