Webinar: Making decisions in complex landscapes: Headwater stream management across multiple agencies using structured decision making
National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center – November 19, 2014
The Northeast Climate Science Center (NCSC) will hold a webinar on Making decisions in complex landscapes: Headwater stream management across multiple agencies using structured decision making to be held on November 19, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. EST. There is growing evidence that headwater stream ecosystems are vulnerable to changing climate and land use, but their conservation is challenged by the need to address the threats at a landscape scale, often through coordination with multiple management agencies and landowners. A decision faced by managers of headwater systems is how to best manage stream habitats to maximize their suitability for multiple species of conservation concern, including stream salamanders and brook trout, which occur in different parts of a stream network, are affected by both the terrestrial landscape and each other, and are likely influenced by future climate change. Because streams and terrestrial habitats are linked, decisions relating to forest management are often linked with stream ecosystem outcomes. Regional management authorities have two important scales of management objectives: long-term objectives that operate at the regional scale and short-term objectives that operate at the local scale and reflected in agency mandates and missions. Identifying obstacles to and opportunities for shared decision making among resource agencies and managers may lead to improvements in the selection of optimal management strategies for landscape-scale resources.This project provides an example of cooperative landscape decision-making to address the conservation of headwater stream ecosystems in the face of climate change using case studies from two watersheds in the northeastern U.S. For more information, click here.