Inventories are methods that quantify the characteristics of a natural environment. They allow for identification of areas in need of restoration, collect baseline information, and make possible comparisons of the area before and after restoration work has been conducted. Components of an inventory should include meaningful objectives for investigation, appropriate resources for data collection and analysis, quality assurance and quality control, and flexibility to allow for modifications in the study as required. In addition, it should provide useful information to all interested parties. As described in this site, we have used or are using inventory methods outlined by Streamkeepers and Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping (SHIM), as well as various fish capture methods.
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