Daubenmire Versus Line-Point Intercept: A Response to Thacker et al. (2015)

Martyn, Trace E.
Beltz, Christopher W.
Palmquist, Kyle A.
Pennington, Victoria E.
Rottler, Caitlin M.
Lauenroth, William K.
Society for Range Management
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On the Ground• Thacker et al. compared two common techniquesfor assessing greater sage-grouse habitat: Daubenmirequadrats and line-point intercept sampling.• Sampling only 16 Daubenmire quadrats may nothave been adequate to support Thacker et al.’sassertion that line-point sampling yields highercover values and that the two methods are notcomparable.• Using data from sagebrush ecosystems in Montana,we show that mean percent cover changesdepending on the number of Daubenmire quadratssampled and that 16 Daubenmire quadrats may notbe sufficient to accurately characterize sagebrushvegetation.• Assessing the appropriate sampling effort for themethod and study is a crucial part of designingsampling protocols and has implications for greatersage-grouse management and conservation.Keywords: Artemisia tridentata, Daubenmire quadrats,habitat assessment, line-point intercept, greatersage-grouse, sampling methodology.
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