Improving state-and-transition models for management of sagebrush steppe ecosystems
The sagebrush biome was once the most widely-distributed in North America, but has recently experienced range reductions of up to 45% and has been considered one of the most endangered ecosystems in the United States (West 1983, Noss et al. 1995, Miller et al. 2011). Management for multiple land-use goals in this biome is complex, requiring an intricate understanding of biotic and abiotic interactions, their responses to disturbance, and the potential for catastrophic ecosystem shifts in response to stress. State-and-transition models (STMs) illustrate the complex relationships between ecosystem ...
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