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Mogollon Rim, Arizona


Ecosystem Dynamics Interpretive Tool

The Ecosystem Dynamics Interpretive Tool (EDIT) is an online information system for the development and sharing of ecological site descriptions, ecosystem state and transition models, and land management knowledge.

What is EDIT?

The Ecosystem Dynamics Interpretive Tool was developed to offer natural resource professionals, scientists and others a standard framework for cataloging information about how ecosystems respond to different land uses, management practices, and natural phenomena. EDIT now serves as the primary repository of Ecological Site information produced by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The framework is also being used to support the development of other ecological land classifications in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Who uses EDIT?

EDIT is designed for use by natural resource professionals to assist in the development of Ecological Site information. EDIT may also be used by landowners and technical advisors to find information specific to a field, farm or ranch. EDIT can be used by research scientists to develop landscape-level information on drought vulnerability, the potential for invasive species, or habitat quality, among other uses.

Who manages EDIT?

EDIT is a collaborative effort among the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Jornada Experimental Range and New Mexico State University (NMSU). NRCS is the federal agency responsible for the National Cooperative Soil Survey, of which Ecological Sites are a part. ARS Jornada provides research to support land management in the U.S. and around the world. NMSU is the land grant university for New Mexico. Together, these three organizations provide students, scientists and technical staff to manage the information system.