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30 October 2020 All Systems are Equal: In Defense of Undervalued Ecosystems
Louis Provencher, Laurel Saito, Kevin Badik, Sarah Byer
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Abstract
  • We introduce the concept of biodiversity potential to assign equal biodiversity value among socially valued and undervalued ecosystems.

  • Widespread greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus) ecosystems were examined as a case study of biodiversity potential of an undervalued ecosystem at the sodic end of soil salinity.

  • Groundwater pumping could drop the water table below greasewood taproots, which could degrade wildlife habitat through decreased canopy cover, increased mineral soil, invasive flammable non-native annual species, and exotic forbs.

  • State-and-transition simulation models and field studies can be used to assess degraded greasewood ecosystems.

© 2020 The Society for Range Management.
Louis Provencher, Laurel Saito, Kevin Badik, and Sarah Byer "All Systems are Equal: In Defense of Undervalued Ecosystems," Rangelands 42(5), 159-167, (30 October 2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rala.2020.07.002
Published: 30 October 2020
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