Home on a Transitioning Range: A Ranch Simulation Game Demonstrating STMs
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CitationPritchett, J., Kachergis, E., Parsons, J., Fernandez-Gimenez, M., & Ritten, J. (2012). Home on a Transitioning Range: A Ranch Simulation Game Demonstrating STMs. Rangelands, 34(3), 53-60.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
AbstractState-and-transitions models (STMs) are becoming a preferred method for monitoring rangeland ecosystems and a key input in adaptive management strategies. Yet, land managers do not readily adopt these tools. In this article, we suggest a creative means for increasing awareness of STMs through active participation in a ranch management game accompanying an STM workshop. Recent evaluations indicate successful transmission of key concepts, but adoption of STMs will take time to measure. We review the impetus for developing the STM game, describe the workshop/simulation game structure, and conclude with notable limitations and next steps.