One of the key elements of a range improvement program is the
proper selection of sites for demonstration projects. To ensure success, a site
must be carefully chosen and must be typical of the particular ecosystem being
considered for an extensive program.
The types of information that are needed at the larger scale,
more extensive planning level, and the methods by which this information might
be gathered and subsequently used, have been described in the preceding chapter.
Analysis of this information should help identify specific areas for potential
improvement. In many instances, however, a more detailed site evaluation is
required before initiating activities. A preliminary site evaluation can be
achieved, in part, through an intensive search of the literature. On-site
surveys and observations may still be necessary to complete the site assessment
and fully evaluate the site's potential for