Complexity is a characteristic of an ecosystem, a system of interactions between the environment and the relationships with its natural and artificial elements. As with any complex system, it has inherent plasticity, and survives based on its ability to respond to continuous change in physical, cultural, and biologic elements. Plasticity is a necessary catalyst for transformation within and between complex systems. Knowledge of the properties that stimulate change, respond to insult, or create adaptations within the system informs how these relationships define the ‘eco-plasticity’ of land use and sense of place.