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Application of Ecological Site Information to Transformative Changes on Great Basin Sagebrush Rangelands

Williams, C. Jason, Pierson, Frederick B., Spaeth, Kenneth E., Brown, Joel R., Al-Hamdan, Osama Z., Weltz, Mark A., Nearing, Mark A., Herrick, Jeffrey E., Boll, Jan, Robichaud, Peter R., Goodrich, David C., Heilman, Philip, Guertin, D. Phillip, Hernandez, Mariano, Wei, Haiyan, Polyakov, Viktor O., Armendariz, Gerardo, Nouwakpo, Sayjro K., Hardegree, Stuart P., Clark, Patrick E., Strand, Eva K., Bates, Jonathan D., Metz, Loretta J., Nichols, Mary H.
Rangelands 2016 v.38 no.6 pp. 379-388
Artemisia, Juniperus, basins, conservation practices, decision making, ecological site descriptions, ecosystems, evaporation, financial economics, land use, landscapes, models, plant communities, prediction, range management, rangelands, runoff, soil, steppes, topographic slope, trees, watersheds, wind erosion
The utility of ecological site descriptions (ESD) in the management of rangelands hinges on their ability to characterize and predict plant community change, the associated ecological consequences, and ecosystem responsiveness to management. We demonstrate how enhancement of ESDs with key ecohydrologic information can aid predictions of ecosystem response and targeting of conservation practices for sagebrush rangelands that are strongly regulated by ecohydrologic or ecogeomorphic feedbacks. The primary point of this work is that ESD concepts are flexible and can be creatively augmented for improved assessment and management of rangelands.