Trainings: Good training for the data collectors is essential for gathering high-quality information.  Calibration, or having multiple data collectors gather the same information at a site and then comparing the results, is also an essential activity for ensuring data are collected the same way.

Recognizing the importance of training, BLM requires field crew to attend approved AIM protocol trainings for data to be ingested into the national AIM databases. Project managers should ensure that field crews receive proper training in the core methods.  

Additional in-house training may be necessary for your field crew (first aid, UTV, four wheel driving, etc.). Some of this training will likely be available through local field offices. If not, make sure that you communicate your additional training expectations and needs to any crew-hiring partners during the agreement phase.

Terrestrial Protocol Trainings

Please visit the Landscape Toolbox to find information on upcoming terrestrial training opportunities, archives of past trainings, training materials, and links to other resources.  For integration into TerrADat, the minimum requirement is that the project lead has attended an AIM training in the last three years.  However, the recommendation is that as many of your crew attend training as often as possible.

Specific terrestrial trainings include:

  • Train the Trainer – This training is directed towards state and regional field methods instructors. We intend to give specialists in different regions the skills that they need to be able to host locally adapted crew trainings. As the number of AIM projects increase, so too do the number of field technicians required to collect data. It will be crucial to have people from different regions qualified to host crew trainings (in conjunction with the NOC and the Jornada).
  • Regional Core Methods Field Courses – This annual field course is designed to give field crews and AIM data collectors training in the Core Methods used to gather data in the field as well as background in the conceptual framework for those methods and the design of AIM projects.

Other Training Opportunities

  • Webinars and Online Resources – These resources for AIM project leads and data collectors can help clarify some of the potentially more confusing aspects of AIM. Each Webinar takes approximately one hour to complete and covers information like data QA/QC, DIMA, sample design and more. If you would like to see a webinar on a topic that has not yet been addressed, please contact the AIM team with your request.
  • Workshops and Meetings – there are various workshops and meetings scheduled throughout the year for all of levels of involvement in AIM for BLM resource staff regarding AIM implementation and use of data.

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