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Title: A Dynamic Simulation Model of the Desert Tortoise (Gopherus Agassizii) Habitat in the Central Mojave Desert
Authors: Westervelt, James D.
Hannon, Bruce M.
Levi, Shaun
Harper, Steven
Keywords: Mojave Desert
Desert tortoise
Desert ecology--Simulation methods.
Endangered species--California--Fort Irwin
Publisher: Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.));no. 97/102
Abstract: Historically, conscientious land use decisions that preserve complex relationships within ecosystems and among communities living on the landscape emerged only by rigorously testing various land management strategies. Until recently, the most convenient "laboratory" available was the open environment itself. Political and legislative policies have provided incentives to change this costly trial-and-error experimentation. Across the nation, Army and civilian land management offices responsible for the management of natural resources, endangered species, water quality, aesthetics, and economic productivity of the land, are turning toward ecological ~odeling for assistance in making decisions. This report describes the development of a dynamic, spatial, ecological model designed to help manage and protect the endangered desert tortoise living at Fort Irwin, an Army training center in the Mojave Desert. It is a generic prototype of the kind of tool needed to predict potential consequences and the degree of severity that highly disruptive land uses can have on the natural environment.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: USACERL Technical Report 97/102
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited
Size: 82 pages / 76.45 MB
Types of Materials: PDF/A
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