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Table 6 Range condition scoring rate according to Baars et al. (1997)

From: Effects of grazing intensity to water source on grassland condition, yield and nutritional content of selected grass species in Northwest Ethiopia

GC BC LC NS AD SC SE Score
91–100% decreasers > 12% no bare spot > 40%      10
81–90% decreasers > 12% slightly bare spots       9
71–80% decreasers > 9% evenly distributed 11–40% and evenly distributed      8
61–70% decreasers > 9% occasional bare spots       7
51–60% decreasers > 6% evenly distributed 11–40% and unevenly distributed      6
41–50% decreasers > 6% bare spots   > 4 seedlings All age categories No sign of erosion No sign of compaction 5
10–40% decreasers and ≥ 30% increasers > 3% mainly perennials 3–10% mainly of grasses 4 seedlings Two size category present Slight sand mulch Isolated capping 4
10–40% decreasers and < 30% increasers > 3% mainly of annuals   3 seedlings Present only old Slope side pedestals (> 50% capping) > 50% capping 3
< 10% decreasers and ≥ 50% increasers 1–3% basal cover 3–10% weeds or tree leaves 2 seedlings Only medium Steep-sided pedestals (> 75% capping) > 75% capping 2
< 10% decreasers and < 50% increasers < 1% basal cover   1 seedling Only young Pedestals (almost 100 capping) Almost 100% capping 1
Bare ground 0% < 3% cover No seedling   Gullies   0
  1. GC grass composition, BC basal cover, LC litter cover, NS number of seedlings, AG age distribution, SC soil compaction, and SE soil erosion