Ecological Sites provide a consistent framework for classifying and describing rangeland and forestland soils and vegetation; thereby delineating land units that share similar capabilities to respond to management activities or disturbance.
Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs) are reports that provide detailed information about a particular kind of land - a distinctive Ecological Site.
ESDs provide land managers the information needed for evaluating the land as to suitability for various land-uses, capability to respond to different management activities or disturbance processes, and ability to sustain productivity over the long term.
ESD information is presented in four major sections:
Site Characteristics - physiographic, climate, soil, and water features
Plant Communities – plant species, vegetation states, and ecological dynamics
Site Interpretations – management alternatives for the site and its related resources
Supporting Information – relevant literature, information and data sources