The Center for Public Lands is facilitating an Adaptive Management Group (AMG) to accompany the Taylor Park Vegetation Management Project. The AMG brings members of the public, water users, private land owners, local government, businesses, ranchers, conservationists, recreators, 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 in areas impacted by the vegetation management project among the Taylor Park community and the USFS, as well as the greater public.
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 because decisions affect not only ecological systems, but also social, economic and other values in nearby communities. Collaborative problem-solving processes bring together people 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. Adaptive management can help decision makers overcome that uncertainty by implementing one option and then monitoring to determine if adjustments are needed to reach the desired outcome.
The Taylor Park AMG works to provide input on the Taylor Park Vegetation Management Project, monitor implementation, and evaluate outcomes to ensure project goals are being accomplished.
Learn more about adaptive management here.