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Ecosystem stressors in southern Nevada [Chapter 2] (Executive Summary)

Posted date: September 09, 2013
Publication Year: 
2013
Authors: Pendleton, Burton K.Chambers, Jeanne C.; Brooks, Matthew L.; Ostoja, Steven M.
Publication Series: 
General Technical Report (GTR)
Source: In: Chambers, Jeanne C.; Brooks, Matthew L.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Raish, Carol B., eds. The Southern Nevada Agency Partnership Science and Research Synthesis: Science to support land management in Southern Nevada - Executive Summary. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-304. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 9-13.
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Abstract

Southern Nevada ecosystems are subject to a number of stressors that range in scope from local to regional to global. At the regional scale, human population growth and related activities constitute a major stressor. Nevada has undergone significant change due to unprecedented population growth and ongoing global change processes. Nevada’s growth rate has been the highest in the nation for the last five decades. Clark County has experienced particularly rapid growth with a population increase of more than 40 percent since the 2000 census. Other regional or local stressors, many of which are related to human population growth, include invasive species, changes in land use, and altered fire regimes. Global stressors affecting southern Nevada ecosystems include elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations, nitrogen (N) deposition, and changes in temperature and precipitation patterns. This chapter provides background information on the stressors affecting southern Nevada’s ecosystems that is needed to address Goal 1.0 in the SNAP Science Research Strategy, which is “Restore, sustain, and enhance southern Nevada’s ecosystems.”

Citation

Pendleton, Burton K.; Chambers, Jeanne C.; Brooks, Matthew L.; Ostoja, Steven M. 2013. Ecosystem stressors in southern Nevada [Chapter 2] (Executive Summary). In: Chambers, Jeanne C.; Brooks, Matthew L.; Pendleton, Burton K.; Raish, Carol B., eds. The Southern Nevada Agency Partnership Science and Research Synthesis: Science to support land management in Southern Nevada - Executive Summary. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-304. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 9-13.