A state-and-transition model to guide grassland management

Sinclair, S, Zamin, T, Gibson-Roy, P, Dorrough, J, Wong, N, Craigie, V, Garrard, G and Moore, J 2019, 'A state-and-transition model to guide grassland management', Australian Journal of Botany, vol. 67, no. 5, pp. 437-453.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title A state-and-transition model to guide grassland management
Author(s) Sinclair, S
Zamin, T
Gibson-Roy, P
Dorrough, J
Wong, N
Craigie, V
Garrard, G
Moore, J
Year 2019
Journal name Australian Journal of Botany
Volume number 67
Issue number 5
Start page 437
End page 453
Total pages 17
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Abstract Grassland ecosystems across the globe have been extensively modified and degraded by agriculture and urban development, leaving conservation managers with a complex set of interacting legacies and opportunities to contend with. We advocate the use of state-and-transition models to assist conservation managers to deal with this complexity. Using a major development and compensation project as a case study (The Melbourne Strategic Assessment under the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999), we discuss the uses and limitations of state-and-transition models for conservation management. We define a state-and-transition model for an endangered Australian temperate grassland. Soil and vegetation data are used to evaluate the model and confirm that the assigned states relate to observable agro-ecological patterns. We then discuss the use of this model for several different interacting purposes: as a tool for the simple communication of complex ecological processes; as a tool for landscape stratification to aid the spatial application of management and experimentation; as a framework to set and define conservation objectives; and as an aide for adaptive management.
Subject Conservation and Biodiversity
Keyword(s) adaptive management
management objectives
natural temperate grassland
Themeda triandra
DOI - identifier 10.1071/BT18167
Copyright notice © 2019 CSIRO.
ISSN 0067-1924
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