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1 April 2014 Unwanted No More: Land Use, Ecosystem Services, and Opportunities for Resilience in Human-Influenced Shrublands
Mark Brunson
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  • Shrub-dominated rangelands are highly susceptible to land degradation, partly because low land values can encourage neglect, leading to poor stewardship and/or conversion to more lucrative but ecologically less desirably uses.

  • Recent efforts to assess the value of “ecosystem services” show that commodity values don't capture all the benefits of shrublands to society.

  • Efforts to prevent shrubland degradation and land type conversion can be enhanced if the value of noncommodity ecosystem services can be recognized.

  • Conceptual modeling of socio-ecological systems can point decision makers and stakeholders toward strategies to enhance shrubland resilience and protect ecosystem services.

Mark Brunson "Unwanted No More: Land Use, Ecosystem Services, and Opportunities for Resilience in Human-Influenced Shrublands," Rangelands 36(2), 5-11, (1 April 2014). https://doi.org/10.2111/RANGELANDS-D-13-00064.1
Published: 1 April 2014
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