ESSIC Research Assistant Professor Melissa Kenney is a contributor to a new report entitled “Assessing Ecological Integrity across Jurisdiction and Scales,” which was released IN December. It offers a framework to assess the maintenance and restoration of ecological integrity to help ensure that natural systems continue to provide intrinsic value and benefits to human communities.
It was developed for use by public and private entities who manage natural resources. The ecological integrity measures assess four different attributes of natural systems: landscape features, habitat characteristics, and representative and at risk species. Vickerman, Sara, James S. Kagan et al., 2014: Assessing Ecological Integrity across Jurisdiction and Scales, http://www.defenders.org/publication/eco-integrity-measures-across-jurisdictions-and-scales.