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Ecological Site Descriptions: Future Opportunities

This is the seventh session of an eight-session webinar series. This training will introduce the basic concepts of ecological sites, how ecological site descriptions are developed, and how ecological site descriptions can be utilized in making management decisions.

This session will focus on how agencies and NGOs can benefit from, and contribute to, the ecological site description process through standardized methods and procedures, as defined in the Interagency Ecological Site Handbook for Rangelands. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Forest Service (FS), and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will utilize this handbook to define, delineate, and describe terrestrial ecological sites on rangelands. The Interagency Ecological Site Handbook for Rangelands implements the policy outlined in the Rangeland Interagency Ecological Site Manual. This policy provides direction to BLM, FS, and NRCS  to cooperatively identify and describe rangeland ecological sites for use in inventory, monitoring, evaluation, and management of the Nation’s rangelands. Multiple agencies contribute and benefit from development of ecological site descriptions.

This webinar series is sponsored by the USDA NRCS National Grazing Lands Team located at the Central National Technology Support Center.


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