Table 5. Rangeland health status criteria and characteristics for the (B) good health condition category.
I. Distribution pattern of plants across the site is somewhat continuous, with foliage covering almost all the ground surface.
II. Plant species composition is diverse, with numerous desirable species and a few less desirable species in a mature community.
III. Age-class distribution of plants is diverse, with many plants of each age group. Recruitment of many young desirable plants is supported.
IV. Plants are vigorous and show no signs of deformed growth patterns.
V. Plant roots are distributed throughout nearly all the available soil profile.
VI. The leaf area of the plants is adequate throughout the growing season so that rates of photosynthetic activity are sufficient to provide nearly all the requirements for growth of leaves and roots.
VII. Litter distribution across the site is somewhat continuous, with only a small amount of bare soil area.
VIII. The humic layer of decomposed organic matter is present over most of the site.
IX. The top layer of soil appears stable and nearly uniform across the site.
X. Soil removal by wind or water shows very little evidence.
XI. Deposition of wind- or water-eroded material shows very little evidence.
XII. Recent gully formation shows very little evidence. If some gullies are present, they are smooth featured and vegetated.
XIII. Plant pedestaling shows little evidence.
XIV. Scouring or sheet erosion from wind or water shows very little evidence.
XV. Nutrient cycles and energy flow are functioning at adequate levels.
XVI. Plant community dynamics and processes are sufficient to maintain the existing community structure and function.
XVII. Most of the precipitation infiltrates the soil, and only a small amount runs off.