NATIONAL RANGE INVENTORY (NRI)
An extended agreement with NRCS increasing the agreement funding, finds the District on its third year to provide assistance in the National Rangeland Inventory (NRI). This program is federally mandated throughout the nation. The district provides assistance in the form of surveying and documenting designated points in southern California. Each point is an onsite data collection for grazing and range inventory. Each point is surveyed via 150 foot transects to collect environmental data including but not limited to plant life, land cover/use, landscape and soils, disturbance indicators and biomass/production, cover, density, and height. Points are revisited every 5 years
The NRI program season resides in the spring and summer between the months of March and September. In July through September of 2019 the NRI team traveled several hundred miles in not only San Bernardino County but Kern, San Diego and Los Angeles counties, with many points requiring overnight stays. With the original NRI agreement expiring, a new agreement with NRCS was reached in September of 2019 extending the NRI work into 2022.
In March of 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic occurred thereby curtailing programs within NRCS offices including the Victorville Field Office. With the paralyzation of the state and country, the NRI program was postponed until fiscal year 2020-2021.