OOS 25
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
Peter Hopkinson, University of California at Berkeley
Peter Hopkinson, University of California at Berkeley; and John J. Battles, University of California, Berkeley
John J. Battles, University of California, Berkeley
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.
8:00 AM
 The evolution of adaptive management on Forest Service lands in the Pacific Northwest
Bernard Bormann, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station
8:20 AM
 Lessons learned from actual implementations of landscape fuel treatment projects: Modeled fire behavior impacts and implications for future forest landscape planning
Danny Fry, University of California, Berkeley; Scott Stephens, University of California, Berkeley; Brandon Collins, USDA US Forest Service
8:40 AM
 Collaborative adaptive management in Sierra Nevada forests: Perspectives of sponsoring agencies
Patricia A. Flebbe, USDA Forest Service; Michael T. Chapel, USDA Forest Service (retired)
9:00 AM
 Implementing adaptive management with multiple stakeholders: Working with scientists, agencies, and public stakeholders
Susan Kocher, University of California Cooperative Extension; Kimberly Rodrigues, University of California; Maggi Kelly, University of California, Berkeley; Adriana Sulak, University of California Berkeley; Kim Ingram, University of California Cooperative Extension; Anne Lombardo, University of California Cooperative Extension; Lynn Huntsinger, University of California Berkeley
9:20 AM
9:40 AM
9:50 AM
 Forest fuel reduction, spotted owls, and adaptive management of forests in the Sierra Nevada: Where are we?
Douglas J. Tempel, University of Wisconsin - Madison; R. J. Gutiérrez, University of Minnesota; M. Zachariah Peery, University of Wisconsin - Madison
10:10 AM
 Verifying the water impacts of vegetation management in heterogeneous, mixed-conifer Sierra Nevada forests
Roger Bales, Sierra Nevada Research Institute; Martha Conklin, Sierra Nevada Research Institute; Philip Saksa, Stanford University; Sarah Martin, Sierra Nevada Research Institute; Ben Tobin, Sierra Nevada Research Institute; Ram Ray, Sierra Nevada Research Institute; Patrick Womble, Sierra Nevada Research Institute
10:30 AM
 Typical challenges integrating large and complex collaborative adaptive management projects and solutions for success
Peter Hopkinson, University of California at Berkeley; Ann Huber, University of California Berkeley; David S. Saah, Spatial Informatics Group LLC and University of San Francisco; John J. Battles, University of California, Berkeley
10:50 AM
 Predicting the impact of fire on a vulnerable multi-species community with a dynamic vegetation model
Erin E. Conlisk, University of California, Berkeley; Alexandra D. Syphard, Conservation Biology Institute; Janet Franklin, Arizona State University; Helen M. Regan, University of California Riverside
11:10 AM
 Competition on the range: science versus perception in bison-cattle-jackrabbit interactions on public land
Dustin H. Ranglack, Utah State University; Susan L. Durham, Utah State University; Johan T. du Toit, Utah State University