Implementing Collaborative Adaptive Management from Multiple Perspectives: Scientists, Agencies, and Public Stakeholders
Wednesday, August 13, 2014: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM
307, Sacramento Convention Center
John J. Battles
John J. Battles
Adaptive management has been a buzzword in natural resources management for many years and has become official policy for some land management agencies. Actually implementing large-scale adaptive management projects has lagged behind. Despite the promise of reliable and site-specific knowledge with which to inform management decisions, concerns about the necessary time, money, expertise, and political will have stymied wide-spread application of the adaptive management process. Incorporating full public participation into the adaptive management process, although sometimes an essential element for success, increases the complexity and unfamiliarity of the process for many potential collaborators.
The goal of this Organized Oral Session is to encourage the implementation of large collaborative adaptive management (CAM) projects, drawing on the multiple perspectives and lessons learned from the relatively few examples of such projects. California’s Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project (http://snamp.cnr.berkeley.edu/) is one example of a multi-year, large-scale collaboration between scientists from several universities, staff from multiple state and federal agencies, and diverse public stakeholders. For seven years, SNAMP has been investigating the effects of forest fuel treatments on fire behavior, water quality and quantity, forest health, and two wildlife species of concern, while simultaneously facilitating and studying a collaborative adaptive management (CAM) process.
Speakers representing all participants will present their perspectives on what works and what requires further improvement in the CAM process, on methods of overcoming obstacles to success for CAM projects, and on the benefits of CAM projects in terms of more informed land management decisions and stronger working relationships between agencies, stakeholders, and scientists. We hope that by the end of the session, participants will have gained a clearer understanding of the value of the CAM process and a toolkit of strategies and practices for successful implementation of CAM projects.