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Classifying Northern New England Landscapes for Improved Conservation
- Johanson, Jamin K., Butler, Nicholas R., Bickford, Carl I.
- Rangelands 2016 v.38 no.6 pp. 357-364
- conservation practices, ecological restoration, ecosystem services, ecosystems, land classification, landscape management, landscapes, models, New England region
- Ecological land classification enables improved conservation by linking land types to vegetation, ecosystem services, disturbance regimes, and conservation practices. Defining landscape-scale ecological site groups allows for the development of generalized state-and-transition models for summarizing the major ecological dynamics and associated conservation practices within a region. We defined nine ecological site groups for northern New England (MLRA 143) by identifying the fewest number of ecological classes as possible while retaining maximum utility of state-and-transition models for each class. Ecological site groups provide scalability of ecological site information and simplify the development of ecological concepts and the application of appropriate conservation practices.