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The Value of Decision Models: Using Ecologically Based Invasive Plant Management as an Example
- Tony Svejcar, Chad Boyd
- Rangelands 2012 v.34 no.6 pp. 2-5
- decision making, decision support systems, ecological invasion, invasive species, models, plant ecology, range management, rangelands, statistics, weed control, weeds
- Humans have both fast and slow thought processes which influence our judgment and decision-making. The fast system is intuitive and valuable for decisions which do not require multiple steps or the application of logic or statistics. However, many decisions in natural resources are complex and require that we not make entirely intuitive decisions. Simple decision tools, such as checklists, can be used to ensure that we analyze the current situation before making decisions. Ecologically-based invasive plant management is an example of a framework that provides a step-wise approach to decision-making for rangeland weed issues.