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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Application of Ecological Assessment and Monitoring to (Adaptive) Sustainable Land Management

Authors
item Herrick, Jeffrey
item Bestelmeyer, Brandon

Submitted to: Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: September 1, 2003
Publication Date: September 8, 2003
Citation: HERRICK, J.E., BESTELMEYER, B.T. APPLICATION OF ECOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT AND MONITORING TO (ADAPTIVE) SUSTAINABLE LAND MANAGEMENT. PROCEEDINGS OF THE MEMORIA DE LA XV SEMANA INTERNACIONAL DE AGRONOMIA FAZ-UJED. 2003. P. 21-30.

Interpretive Summary: Interpretive summary not required.

Technical Abstract: Assessment and monitoring are necessary to continuously adapt management to ensure it is meeting land management objectives. Ecologically based assessment and monitoring are required for sustainable land management because long-term sustainability depends on maintaining particular ecological processes. This paper reviews several relatively new concepts, including ecological resistance and resilience and ecological, management and economic thresholds. These concepts are required to use assessment and monitoring to increase sustainability. The paper concludes with a description of a system for combining short- and long-term monitoring as part of a cost-effective adaptive management program.

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