Unwanted No More: Land Use, Ecosystem Services, and Opportunities for Resilience in Human-Influenced Shrublands
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CitationBrunson, M. (2014). Unwanted no more: Land use, ecosystem services, and opportunities for resilience in human-influenced shrublands. Rangelands, 36(2), 5-11.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
AbstractOn the Ground • Shrub-dominated rangelands are highly susceptible to land degradation, partly because low land values can encourage neglect, leading to poor stewardship and/or conversion to more lucrative but ecologically less desirably uses. • Recent efforts to assess the value of “ecosystem services” show that commodity values don’t capture all the benefits of shrublands to society. • Efforts to prevent shrubland degradation and land type conversion can be enhanced if the value of noncommodity ecosystem services can be recognized. • Conceptual modeling of socio-ecological systems can point decision makers and stakeholders toward strategies to enhance shrubland resilience and protect ecosystem services.