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New tools for interpreting rangeland health and developing spatially-explicit management recommendations called Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs) were developed by Green
Gold and the Administration of Land Affairs, Geodesy and Cartography (ALAGAC). The new procedures
for monitoring and interpretation were implemented beginning in 2011 by NAMEM at its 1450 long-term monitoring sites. Based on 2014 data, sixty-five percent of these sites were judged to be altered relative to the ecological potential (reference condition) of the soils and climate zones for those
sites. Only forty eight percent of the sites, however, would require more than three years for recovery to occur with altered management and seven percent of sites have experienced highly persistent degradation or desertification.