Protocol for Installing and Monitoring a RestoreNet Restoration Field Trial Network Site

Techniques and Methods 2-A18
Prepared in cooperation with Northern Arizona University
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RestoreNet is an ecological restoration experiment that is networked across multiple sites, spanning dryland ecosystems in the southwestern United States. The experiment is organized and led by the U.S. Geological Survey’s Restoration Assessment and Monitoring Program for the Southwest (RAMPS). This protocol functions to provide guidance to additional partners on how to set up a RestoreNet site and expand the network to new locations. This protocol contains information for site selection, materials acquisition, experiment installation, data collection and monitoring, and data curation. Information includes protocols for the RestoreNet seeded experiment and an additional optional experiment using installed container seedlings initially propagated in a greenhouse. Participation in RestoreNet contributes to a growing body of knowledge on cutting edge ecological restoration methods for use in the southwestern United States to benefit land managers, landowners, and restoration practitioners.

Suggested Citation

Laushman, K.M., McCormick, M.L., Munson, S.M., Balazs, K.R., and Butterfield, B.J., 2021, Protocol for installing and monitoring a RestoreNet restoration field trial network site: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 2, chap. A18, 34 p.,

ISSN: 2328-7055 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments  
  • Abstract  
  • Introduction  
  • Site Design  
  • Monitoring Protocol  
  • Data Curation  
  • Summary  
  • Selected References  
  • Appendix 1  
  • Appendix 2  
  • Appendix 3  
  • Appendix 4  
  • Appendix 5  
  • Appendix 6  
  • Appendix 7  
  • Appendix 8  
  • Appendix 9 
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Protocol for installing and monitoring a RestoreNet restoration field trial network site
Series title Techniques and Methods
Series number 2-A18
DOI 10.3133/tm2A18
Year Published 2022
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Southwest Biological Science Center
Description vii, 34 p.
Country United States
State Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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