The University of Arizona

Multistakeholder Development of State-and-Transition Models: A Case Study from Northwestern Colorado

Retta A. Bruegger, Maria E. Fernandez-Gimenez, Crystal Y. Tipton, Jennifer M. Timmer, Cameron L. Aldridge


• Engaging multiple stakeholders in building state- and-transition models (STMs) can increase the credibility and relevance they have to land managers.
• Land managers and land stewards may be more likely to use STMs that were developed in collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders.
• The quality of STMs is improved when they are repeatedly revised based on new knowledge from research, multiple interactions with local stakeholders, and ecological field data.

Keywords: collaborative research, state-and-transition models.

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