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A new plant-damage assessment technique was developed. The technique consists of linear transects the width of a military vehicle’s tracks located in existing tracks in the soil (usually during a prior training rotation period of 30 days or since the last rain or wind storm). Measurements of vegetation within the tracks are used to determine the area of plant parts impacted. The percent of the plant parts damaged and the percent expected to recover are estimated. The technique documents prior-damage classes based on estimates of damage that plants have apparently experienced previously (as assessed from field indicators of damage such as plant shape and height). The technique was used to evaluate different vehicle...