Conservation Planning and Policy

Conservation Planning and Ecosystem Management in the Sierra Nevada

All those concerned with the Sierra Nevada agree that the magnitude and complexity of managing the region's resources for sustainable use demands new approaches to research, planning, and decision making. There is less agreement, however, on how to proceed, except that it must involve the major reform of educational systems (e.g., greater interdisciplinarity and emphasis on problem solving), scientific research (e.g., synthesis vs. reductionism), institutions (e.g., collaborative vs. organization-based planning), natural resource management (e.g., adaptive vs.

Sierra Nevada Foothill Zone Conservation Assessment

In recent years the state has narrowed the gap between state concerns regarding biodiversity and ecosystem management, and the processes of local government and agencies that affect those concerns. While these efforts made some progress, none was sufficient to ensure the integration of existing data and analysis into local processes.

California Legacy Project

Systematic conservation planning is concerned with developing scientifically-guided conservation strategies over large planning areas. It requires formal measures of biodiversity, explicit conservation goals, recognition of trade-offs between biological conservation and other social goals, and explicit and repeatable procedures for producing alternative plans.

Distributed Graduate Seminar--State Wildlife Action Plans

In 2007 a distributed graduate seminar at eight universities analyzed the recently completed state wildlife action plans. We interviewed agency personnel and stakeholders in all 50 states to document impacts of the plans on conservation activities, current challenges to implementation, and  enabling mechanisms that have accelerated conservation progress.
Please visit the Products area for state-by-state and topical summaries of our findings.

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