IGN 11-6 - The aquatic conservation strategy: Moving forward with new knowledge and understanding

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
C123, Oregon Convention Center
Gordon H. Reeves, Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Corvallis, OR, Deanna H. Olson, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Corvallis, OR, Steven M. Wondzell, Pacific Northwest Research Station, US Forest Service, Corvallis, OR, Stephanie Miller, US Bureau of Land Management, Jonathan W. Long, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, Davis, CA, Peter Bisson, PNW Research Station and Michael Furniss, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Arcata, CA
The Aquatic Conservation Strategy (ACS) is a cornerstone of the Northwest Forest Plan. The scientific basis of the ACS remains sound and is supported by science produced since its inception in 1993. However, we have learned much that could help refine and modify the application of the ACS. Relevant new knowledge includes: (1) the importance of headwater and intermittent streams; (2) the role of periodic disturbances and consequences to the resilience, productivity, and inherent variation of aquatic ecosystems; (4) a better understanding of the spatial variation in the occurrence of ecological processes; and (5) the potential effects of climate change.