'The complexities of ecosystem management virtually require the use of GIS technology. The need to view and analyze ecosystems at a landscape level demands the spatial capabilities that only GIS can provide. The same capabilities will assist in modeling conditions and attributes that feed into the new economic equations, as well as providing data for those currently in use. Social acceptability may prove to be the most difficult aspect of ecosystem management to implement-therefore defining the most critical role for GIS. Visualization is a very powerful fotm of communication, Using GIS as a communications tool in public settings has potential that has been relatively untapped.'