Choosing appropriate tools
A remedy is needed where a management plan is failing to achieve desired results. Assessing practices and ecosystem processes for proper function will determine the cause of problems, but will not give tools for a remedy.
Fortunately, resource managers have at their disposal a veritable "tool chest" of possibilities useful in reaching remediation goals. It is up to the manager or resource management team to determine how appropriate and suitable a tool is for a particular task and goal.
Tools are used primarily to affect the four ecosystem processes common to all terrestrial ecosystems: the water cycle; the mineral cycle; plant and animal succession; and energy flow. Each tool may have direct and indirect effects on one or all of the ecosystem processes. Every tool will have its limitations, strengths, and weaknesses. Refer to pamphlet 3 in this series for more information on these four ecosystems processes.
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Updated October 17, 2008