Developers of Ecological Site Description Find Benefits in Diverse Collaborations
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CitationJohanson, J., & Fernandez-Gimenez, M. (2015). Developers of Ecological Site Description Find Benefits in Diverse Collaborations. Rangelands, 37(1), 14-19.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
AbstractOn 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.