Montana National Resources Inventory (NRI)
The NRI is a statistical survey of land use and natural
resource conditions and trends on U.S. non-federal lands. Non-Federal
lands include privately owned lands, tribal and trust lands and lands controlled
by state and local governments. Non-Federal lands represent nearly 75 percent of
the Nation's total land area. The NRI serves as the Federal Government's
principal source of information on the status, conditions, and trends of soil,
water, and related resources in the United States. The primary purpose of the
NRI is to support agricultural and environmental policy development and program
implementation. The survey is conducted by
the Natural Resources Conservation Service in cooperation with Iowa State
University's Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology. This partnership
ensures that the NRI employs well-established scientific survey principles.
National Resources Inventory
(National Web site)
Grazing Land Field Study
The Grazing Land Field Study is a vital component of the NRI. Since 2003,
onsite grazing land data has been collected in 20 states, including Montana.
Grazing Land Specialists visit each sample site and collect data using protocols established and researched by the NRCS, the USDA Agricultural Research
Service, and the USDA Bureau of Land Management. Types of data collected
at each sample point include: Land cover and land use, landscape and soils,
ecological site information, rangeland health, invasive/noxious plants,
conservation practices, resource concerns, plant composition and production.
Broad Regional results from the 2003-2006 Grazing Land Field Study - NEW
2010 National Resources Inventory (NRI) Grazing Land Field Study Handbook of
Montana National Resources Inventory Results
2007 NRI - NEW
1997 NRI (Archived)
Inventory Coordinator for Montana 1997 state and sub-state level results.
State Resources Inventory Coordinator
Email: State Resources Inventory