|Title||Improving the effectiveness of ecological site descriptions: General state-and-transition models and the Ecosystem Dynamics Interpretive Tool (EDIT)|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Bestelmeyer BT, Williamson J, Talbot C, Cates G, Duniway M.C., Brown J.|
|Type of Article||12/2016|
|ARIS Log Number||338470|
State-and-transition models (STMs) were conceived as a means to organize and communicate information about ecosystem changes and how to manage them. Information within STMs applies to ecological land classes, such as ecological sites, that possess similar vegetation states. The value of STMs for rangeland managers is in fostering a general understanding of how rangelands function and respond to management actions, thereby leading to more efficient and effective allocation of management efforts. STMs can play an important role in most steps of conservation planning.