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Assessments for ecological stewardshipAuthor(s): Russell T. Graham; Theresa Jain; Richard A. Haynes; Jim Sanders; David L. Cleaves
Source: In: Sexton, W. T.; Malk, A. J.; Szaro, R. C.; Johnson, N. C., eds. Ecological stewardship: A common reference for ecosystem management - Vol. III. Kidlington, Oxford, UK: Elsevier Science Ltd. p. 535-549.
Publication Series: Book Chapter
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionDepending on the agency, discipline, or audience, assessments supply data and information to address relevant policy questions and to help make decisions (Streets 1989, Thorton et al. 1994). Data collected in assessments estimate, measure, appraise, rate, characterize, or describe various resource conditions. If properly executed, assessment processes can draw conclusions and make recommendations on how to manage natural resources (Deuel and D' Aloia 1995). Assessments range from those required by the Resources Planning Act (national), to describing stand conditions (site) prior to applying treatments (Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act 1974, Daniel et al. 1979). Assessments have always been an integral part of natural resource management.
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CitationGraham, Russell T.; Jain, Theresa, B.; Haynes, Richard A.; Sanders, Jim; Cleaves, David L. 1999. Assessments for ecological stewardship. In: Sexton, W. T.; Malk, A. J.; Szaro, R. C.; Johnson, N. C., eds. Ecological stewardship: A common reference for ecosystem management - Vol. III. Kidlington, Oxford, UK: Elsevier Science Ltd. p. 535-549.
Keywordsstewardship, ecosystem management, data collection, natural resource management, assessments, resource conditions, scale, Southern Appalachian Assessment, Interior Columbia River Basin Assessment
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