State-and-Transition Models for Management of Rangeland Ecosystems
July 19 @ 10:00 am - July 21 @ 3:00 pm MDT
Tamzen Stringham, Ph.D., Rangeland Scientist, University of Nevada Reno
Lucas Phipps, Rangeland Ecologist, University of Nevada Reno
This two-day course will focus on a process to classify rangeland landscapes into ecologically-meaningful units for management and restoration. The course will include lectures on ecological processes, resilience concepts, state-and-transition modeling, disturbance ecology and monitoring/ inventory tools. Examples of how land management agencies and private landowners are currently using these tools in the western United States will be presented.
Field components will include:
- How to identify an ecological site
- How to identify current state of an ecological site using a state-and-trasition model (STM)
- Discussion on grazing management utilizing STMs
- Discussion on remote sensing and on-the-ground tools for monitoring grazing
- Classifying riparian areas
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