Tuesday, August 4, 2009: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM
Mesilla, Albuquerque Convention Center
Ayzik I. Solomeshch, University of California
Don Faber-Langendoen, NatureServe
This session focuses on linking vegetation classification, management, and conservation. It will bring together experts in vegetation classification with ecologists and natural resource managers from a broad range of universities, resource agencies, and NGOs to determine the most effective use of classification for sustainable management. Speakers will share their expertise in application of vegetation classification for development of vegetation management plans, environmental impact reports, strengthening monitoring and assessment protocols, determining ecosystem threats and extinction risk, and improving the effectiveness of compensatory mitigation. Exchange of opinions, and following up discussion, will be aimed to develop a list of applications for which the NVC is judged to be most critical.