The Center for Public Lands is facilitating an Adaptive Management Group (AMG) to bring members of the public, water users, private land owners, local government, businesses, ranchers, conservationists, recreationists, and land managers together to identify possible concerns, questions, obstacles, and opportunities raised throughout the life of the project.
The AMG is an inclusive stakeholder group working to share knowledge of forest conditions, social, economic, and ecological systems concerning agency vegetation management plans in specific areas the Upper Taylor River and Spring Creek drainage’s of the Taylor River Watershed.
Records of past meetings can be found here.
where is the AMG now?
Between December 2018 and April 2019, the Center for Public Lands hosted four public workshops to share information regarding the project and gauge community interest in AMG participation. The desire for public collaboration was reiterated at each workshop.
As a continuation of the discussion that emerged from the workshops, interested stakeholders began self-selecting ‘seats’ to work together to formalize the AMG process, purpose, and objectives. The representation of this group was determined by the values and interests identified during the late 2018 and early 2019 workshops.
Moving forward, the AMG agreed to work as an advisory committee meeting to inform the agency on the Taylor Park EA decision. Once a decision has been made, the primary purpose of the Taylor Park AMG will shift to assist the Gunnison Ranger District in applying an adaptive management framework in accordance with the Taylor Park EA.
For upcoming meetings, please check the Events and Meeting Schedule.
What is adaptive Management?
An adaptive approach to management is an iterative process. It is based on learning through partnerships and collaboration. It is about learning by doing.
Natural resource management is complex, as decisions affect not only ecological systems, but also social, economic and other values in nearby communities. Collaborative problem-solving processes bring people together who understand the issues and have a stake in their outcomes to give them an opportunity to weigh in on decisions.
As natural resource management is highly complex, there is an inherent uncertainty about the best strategy to address a problem. To overcome that uncertainty, adaptive management can support decision makers to begin implementing one option and then monitor to determine if adjustments are needed to reach the desired outcome.
The Taylor Park AMG will work collaboratively to provide input on the project, monitor implementation, and evaluate outcomes to ensure project goals are being accomplished.
Learn more about adaptative management here.