Submitted to: National Military Fish and Wildlife Association Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/1/2002
Publication Date: 4/2/2002
Technical Abstract: One of the greatest challenges to land use planning is identifying those parts of the landscape most resistant to degradation and that have the greatest capacity to recover quickly following degradation. Both degradation resistance and recovery depend on type, timing, intensity and frequency of the disturbance, and the soil, plant and animal communities at the site. In 1997, we established replicated experiments to determine the relative importance of different disturbance factors in each of five diverse landscape units. Disturbances included jeep traffic and trampling by humans and horses. We will present both the results of these experiments and suggestions for designing similar experiments in other environments.