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The LandPKS Knowledge Hub is a space for exploring knowledge about land potential. Here, you can find valuable information about managing your land.



Manual: Monitoring Manual for Grassland, Shrubland, and Savanna Ecosystems (Detailed BLM/NRCS Methods)

Guide that describes standard methods used by BLM (for the Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring program) and NRCS (for the National Resource Inventory), as well as additional methods to monitor soil water infiltration, compaction, plant production and vegetation in riparian areas.

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Using LandPKS for Rangeland and Species Monitoring: Changing Ecosystems

A high school-level lesson plan that explores the following questions: How do ecosystems change over time? What effect do humans have on the environment? What makes a species threatened or endangered? How might a species adapt to a changing environment?

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Using LandPKS for Rangeland Monitoring: Soil, Grazing, and Rangeland Management

A high school-level lesson plan that explores the following questions: What is rangeland? Why should we monitor rangeland? What is the difference between quantitative and qualitative data? What does ground cover tell us about our soil health? How does grazing affect ground cover? What is erosion and how does it happen? How does our soil connect to climate?

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Research: A Comparison of Soil Texture‐by‐Feel Estimates – Implications for the Citizen Soil Scientist

Estimating soil texture is a fundamental practice universally applied by soil scientists to classify and understand the behavior, health, and management of soil systems.

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Research: A standardized land capability classification system for land evaluation using mobile phone technology

One of the major causes of poverty globally is land degradation and poor natural resource conservation, leading to reduced agricultural productivity.

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Research: Mobile phone use is associated with higher smallholder agricultural productivity in Tanzania, East Africa

Mobile phone use is increasing in Sub-Saharan Africa, spurring a growing focus on mobile phones as tools to increase agricultural yields and incomes on smallholder farms.

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Measuring utilization: What, why, where, when, and how?

Step-by-step, illustrated instructions for measuring utilization with the LandPKS mobile app.

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Manual: Monitoring Rangeland Health (Stick Method Used In LandPKS)

A Guide for Pastoralist Communities and Other Land Managers in Eastern Africa (Version II)

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Unlocking the Sustainable Potential of Land Resources: Tools and References from the International Resource Panel Report

The 2016 report “Unlocking the Sustainable Potential of Land Resources: Evaluation Systems, Strategies, and Tools,” written by the International Resource Panel (IRP), examines how to better evaluate and use the potential of land on the way to achieving land degradation neutrality.

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Unlocking the Sustainable Potential of Land Resources: Evaluation Systems, Strategies and Tools. A Report of the Working Group on Land and Soils of the International Resource Panel

This report provides an introduction to land potential evaluation systems, strategies and tools necessary to implement a no-regrets” strategy for sustainably increasing agricultural production on existing land, targeting restoration efforts to where they are likely to be most successful, and guiding biodiversity conservation initiatives.

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