Asymmetric ecological and economic responses for rangeland restoration: A case study of tree thickening in Queensland, Australia

TitleAsymmetric ecological and economic responses for rangeland restoration: A case study of tree thickening in Queensland, Australia
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsMacLeod N, Scanlan JC, Brown J.
JournalRangelands
Volume36
Issue2
Start Page37
Pagination37-44
Date Published04/2014
ARIS Log Number305498
Keywordsbio-economic modelling, ecological thresholds, economic thresholds, prescribed fire, ranching, rangeland rehabilitation, timber thickening
Abstract

Economic motivation for implementing targeted responses to rangeland degradation often lag the events that cause degradation and  existing monitoring schemes often lack the sensitivity or the connections to ecological processes to reliably serve as a basis for evaluating success. In this paper, we present an approach for quantifying the relationship of economic output and land degradation during the intermediate stages of degradation. We also propose an approach that can provide enhanced incentives to implement proven responses before degradation processes are entrained.

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DOI10.2111/rangelands-d-13-00074.1