There is increasing interest from Federal Agencies to develop Riparian Complex Ecological Site Descriptions (RCESDs) to help describe, classify, and manage lotic riparian systems. RCESDs differ from rangeland ecological sites because they are based primarily on hydrologic featuresâ€”as opposed to soil-geomorphic featuresâ€”within a physiographic and climatic context. To date, there has been important foundational work for developing RCESDs, but uniformity and broad acceptance of RCESD concepts and development techniques have been lacking. To address these shortcomings, an interagency group of diverse specialists has come together from across the United States to advance the dialogue of RCESD concepts and make recommendations for advancing the discipline. This workshop will present the current state of RCESD concepts and provide opportunities for input from a broad audience.
UNIFYING CONCEPTS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF RIPARIAN ECOLOGICAL SITES
Society for Range Management
SRM Orlando, FL