Ecosystems and Habitats

Ecological systems represent recurring groups of living organisms found in similar physical settings and influenced by similar dynamic processes like fire or flooding. For conservationists and resource managers, ecological systems providing a classification unit that is readily mappable, often from remote imagery, and readily identifiable in the field.

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More About Ecosystems

  • Ecosystems 101

    Ecological systems represent recurring groups of living organisms found in similar physical settings and influenced by similar dynamic processes like fire or flooding. For conservationists and resource managers, ecological systems providing a classification unit that is readily mappable, often from remote imagery, and readily identifiable in the field.

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  • Disappearing Landscapes

    Efforts to restore and conserve America's most iconic and endangered ecosystems -- several of which have suffered massive historic declines -- protects little-known or under-appreciated species while providing the chance to protect other plants and animals while they remain common.

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  • Ecosystem Services

    Sixty years ago Aldo Leopold posed what was then a rhetorical question: "Do economists know about lupines?" Today, to the surprise and delight of conservationists past and present, the answer is, increasingly, "Yes."

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An Encyclopedia of Ecological Systems

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