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Integrating a Rangeland Health Assessment With Successional Management: A Synergistic Approach to EBIPM
- Edward A. Vasquez, Roger L. Sheley, Jeremy J. James, Tony J. Svejcar
- Rangelands 2012 v.34 no.6 pp. 15-18
- ecological succession, environmental impact, invasive species, plant communities, range management, rangelands, vegetation structure
- Qualitative Rangeland Health Assessments are extremely useful because they provide a relative indication of resource problems on rangelands. Additionally, the successional management framework identifies three primary causes of plant community change, ecological processes, and factors that modify these processes. Incorporating successional management with a Rangeland Health Assessment is useful for detecting areas adversely impacted by multiple stressors and provides useful information to resource managers about point-in-time cumulative impacts. The overall goal of this article is to describe how ecologically-based invasive plant management integrates these two concepts to form a holistic vegetation management framework.