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Generalizing ecological site concepts of the Colorado Plateau for landscape-level applications

December 30, 2016
  • Numerous ecological site descriptions in the southern Utah portion of the Colorado Plateau can be difficult to navigate, so we held a workshop aimed at adding value and functionality to the current ecological site system.
  • We created new groups of ecological sites and drafted state-and-transition models for these new groups.
  • We were able to distill the current large number of ecological sites in the study area (ca. 150) into eight ecological site groups that capture important variability in ecosystem dynamics.
  • Several inventory and monitoring programs and landscape scale planning actions will likely benefit from more generalized ecological site group concepts.