Developers of Ecological Site Description Find Benefits in Diverse Collaborations

Johanson, Jamin
Fernandez-Gimenez, Maria
Society for Range Management
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On the Ground• Ecological site descriptions (ESDs) are intended toprovide the best available information relevant to aparticular type of land and therefore should draw onmultiple sources of information and expertise.• We surveyed participants from 16 interagency ESDprojects to understand better the process, benefits,challenges, and keys to success for collaborativeESD development.• Collaborative ESD development involves federaland state agencies, universities, nongovernmentalorganizations, private landowners, and consultantsand provides perceived benefits that greatly outweighthe challenges.• The results of this study may improve the transparencyand credibility of ESD development byencouraging the inclusion of diverse stakeholders.Keywords: interagency, interdisciplinary, collaborative,ESD development.
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