SYMP 3 - Social-Ecological Systems in Restoration and Conservation

Monday, August 8, 2016: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
Grand Floridian Blrm D, Ft Lauderdale Convention Center
Elise S. Gornish, University of California, Davis
Mark W. Brunson, Utah State University
Mark W. Brunson, Utah State University
Applied habitat and wildlife management regularly requires collaboration between disparate stakeholders, and, often, across a patchwork of land types and land owners. These dynamics cultivate an emerging social-ecological system in restoration design, implementation, assessment, success, and policy. However, because the achievement of management goals depends on interactions both within and across human and natural systems, and requires the participation of individuals across a range of disciplines, there is a danger that restoration design and implementation may neglect the social-ecological background for purposes of logistical and monetary feasibility. If effective restoration and conservation programs are to be developed and widely deployed, then researchers need to consider how biological processes, the ability to forecast successional change, and socio-ecological systems interact to determine management outcomes. The dynamic group of symposium speakers will explore the close linkages among our understanding of restoration ecology, the ability to predict ecological change, and the economic and sociological implications of management outcome uncertainty. From this synthetic effort we will explore opportunities in both private and public land management scenarios to improve our ability to forecast manage practice outcomes and overcome sociological and economic adoption barriers that currently constrain management intervention efforts. Symposium topics span a variety of systems and themes, ensuring widespread appeal. Furthermore, speakers demonstrate an impressive diversity in affiliation type and career level, enhancing opportunities for discussion across an array of perspectives. Some of the topics to be covered in the symposium include: How the attitudes of restoration practitioners and conservationists may be inconsistent with respect to cultural and non-cultural habitat and wildlife use; Using socio-ecological techniques to move the field of restoration beyond conceptual frameworks to allow stakeholders to forecast intervention outcomes within reasonable bounds of uncertainty; The contribution of landscape legacies, stakeholder perception and stakeholder behavior to restoration success; Novel frameworks in which to integrate ecological and human-systems factors into restoration decision making; and Descriptions of the Social-Ecological Systems Framework (SESF) in action. This symposium will provide a novel opportunity for meeting attendees who are characterized by a wide range of research interests to learn about and discuss inter-disciplinary ideas.
1:30 PM
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Craig R. Allen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Olivia Green, Atlantic States Legal Foundation; Ahjond Garmestani, US Environmental Protection Agency; J.B. Ruhl, Vanderbilt University; Tony Arnold, University of Louisville; Lance Gunderson, Emory University; Barb Cosens, University of Idaho; David Angeler, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; Brian C. Chaffin, University of Montana
2:00 PM
 Socio-ecological factors influencing the use of fire to maintain and restore ecosystem health
David Toledo, USDA Agricultural Research Service; Urs P. Kreuter, Texas A&M University; Michael G. Sorice, Virginia Tech
3:00 PM
3:10 PM
 Does moral relativism affect conservation practice?
Paul Johnson, University of Oxford; Amy Dickman, University of Oxford; Freya van Kesteren, University of Michigan; David W. Macdonald, University of Oxford
4:10 PM Cancelled
 Understanding the social dimensions of river restoration: A case study from the Clark Fork River, MT
Elizabeth Metcalf, University of Montana; Jakki Mohr, University of Montana
3:40 PM
 Allies or adversaries? Considering rural community interests in forest landscape restoration
Jesse Abrams, University of Oregon; Cassandra Moseley, University of Oregon; Emily Jane Davis, Oregon State University
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