An efficient sampling protocol for sagebrush/grassland monitoring
developed numerous methods and monitoring techniques that can be used for vegetation sampling (Barbour et al. 1987). The methods used to position samples (transects, quadrats, lines, and points) vary and can be classed as selective, capricious, systematic, or random. One of the prerequisites for valid statistical inference is that samples are taken randomly. A random sampling procedure implies that all elements or units of the population being studied have an equal chance of being represented in the sample. It also implies that selection of an element or unit does not influence the chance of other units being sampled. Data that is collected using random sampling procedures can be used to compare attributes of different populations or sites such as vegetative cover, density, production, growth rates, etc. This paper suggests a random sampling protocol that can be easily applied in the field for sagebrush/grassland monitoring.