• Developers of Ecological Site Description Find Benefits in Diverse Collaborations

      Johanson, Jamin; Fernandez-Gimenez, Maria (Society for Range Management, 2015-12-01)
      On the Ground • Ecological site descriptions (ESDs) are intended to provide the best available information relevant to a particular type of land and therefore should draw on multiple sources of information and expertise. • We surveyed participants from 16 interagency ESD projects to understand better the process, benefits, challenges, and keys to success for collaborative ESD development. • Collaborative ESD development involves federal and state agencies, universities, nongovernmental organizations, private landowners, and consultants and provides perceived benefits that greatly outweigh the challenges. • The results of this study may improve the transparency and credibility of ESD development by encouraging the inclusion of diverse stakeholders.