June 01, 2013

Habitat and Resource Equivalency Analyses in Resource Compensation and Restoration Decision Making

Joan P. Snyder and William H. Desvousges, Ph.D.

Of the scientific fields relevant to the environmental practitioner, none are more complex than those that attempt to understand and define the impacts of human activity on ecosystems. During a congressional hearing, former Forest Service Chief Jack Ward Thomas famously quoted ecologist Frank Egler in describing the problem as, at some level, unknowable: “For not only are ecosystems more complex than we think, they are more complex than we CAN think.”

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