Trade-Offs Among Ecosystem Services and Disservices on a Florida Ranch

Swain, Hilary M.
Boughton..., Elizabeth H.
Society for Range Management
Publication Year: 
How can we sustain ecosystem services and pro- ductivity on rangelands while avoiding strong, adverse ecological impacts?1 De ned as “the bene ts people obtain from ecosystems,” eco- system services are categorized as provisioning (e.g., food, ber, game harvest), regulating (e.g., ameliorating ood and drought, maintaining natural re regimes), cultural (e.g., sup- porting cultural practices of native peoples, distinctive cul- tures), and a fourth category of supporting services (e.g., net primary productivity, carbon sequestration, soil formation).2 Conversely, harmful ecological impacts such as excessive drainage, eutrophication, and introduction of invasive species are de ned as ecosystem disservices.3 Interdisciplinary ap- proaches are needed to evaluate trade-offs among ecosystem services and disservices and to consider trade-offs at spatial scales from local to regional to global.4 Further development of the ecosystem service concept in rangelands should con- sider the relative contributions of “goods” and “bads” and their in uence on ecosystem and economic resiliency.DOI: 10.2458/azu_rangelands_v35i5_swain
Document Type: 
Journal Issue/Article
Society for Range Management

Rangelands, a publication of the Society for Range Management, serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of facts, ideas, and philosophies pertaining to the study, management, and use of rangelands. The journal features scientific and historical articles as well as Society news. It provides readers with scientifically accurate information in a user-friendly format, placed in context of the world we live in today. Rangelands is a practical (non-technical) counterpart of Rangeland Ecology & Management (formerly the Journal of Range Management). The Global Rangelands collection includes articles from Rangelands up to 3 years from the current year. Access to more recent content is available by subscription from BioOne and the Society for Range Management and may also be available at your local university library. 
(Become a SRM member)