Ecosystem mapping is the stratification of a landscape into map units, according to a combination of ecological features, primarily climate, physiography, surficial material, bedrock geology, soil, and vegetation. Ecosystem mapping provides: a biological and ecological framework for land management; a means of integrating abiotic and biotic ecosystem components on one map; basic information on the distribution of ecosystems from which management interpretations (e.g., broad-scale landscape planning, site-specific interpretations) can be developed; a basis for rating values of resources or indicating sensitivities in the landscape; a historic record of ecological site conditions that can be used as a framework for monitoring ecosystem response to management; and a demonstration tool for portraying ecosystem and landscape diversity. Ecosystem maps, along with associated interpretations, supply valuable information for many uses, particularly planning resource allocation. The maps are used, for example, to meet many Forest Practices Code-related needs, including landscape unit planning, forest development planning, range use planning and the development and application of biodiversity guidelines, riparian guidelines, and the proposed identified wildlife management strategy.
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