Monitoring - Healthy Habitat Legacy
Monitoring is useful to carry out regular assessments or to recognise required action to prevent unexpected expenses. It helps to observe and plan into the future. Efficient monitoring will provide historical records and logs of on ground work and improvements that have or can be carried out on your property.
Monitoring can be used to:
- Evaluate or check the effectiveness of your current property management plan;
- Detect any early potential or emerging problems;
- Record changes in condition over time (good and bad);
- Plan ongoing management and maintenance activities.
Your monitoring objectives should be specific, measurable, realistic and timely to guide and compliment your Land Management activities.
As an example, a revegetation project could be monitored using recording points. This can be done through height measurements and by recording living seedlings and tracking their survivorship throughout various stages of the project (frequency could be every six months). On the other hand a pasture condition improvement project will most likely involve the use of measurements including pasture density, species observed, ground cover percentage, soil condition and presence of weeds and tree cover.
When photo monitoring, have copies of previous photos on hand to compare with follow up monitoring. This will help whether you have exactly the same reference point or not. Alternatively, you can use a permanently placed star picket as your monitoring point.
Hint – use the same GPS point to capture before and after images to pin point change and progress.
Keeping a diary of your activities will help you to review works underway or completed on your property and plan for the future.
Some example indicatiors to monitor include:
- Native vegetation areas
- Erosion (hill slope, gully or creek line)
- Weed spread and density
- Fire (benefits and impacts)
- Water quality
- Pasture condition
- Soil health
Links to additional information
N.B much of the federal and state government web based information is currently under review. Some of these links may have changed due to departmental changes. This information will be updated as soon as it again becomes available.