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Science Needs --- Immediate Needs --- Future Needs. Rick Nelson PhD Coordinator Richard_d_nelson @fws.gov Mike Olson Science Coordinator Michael_olson @fws.gov. Plains and Prairie Potholes.
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Our Fundamental Objective:Increase conservation delivery by reducing scientific uncertainty associated with landscape level stressors which are important to our partnership
Accomplishments - first 18 months
We are ….“a work in progress”
PPP-LCC WALCC ALCC
DA/Science Needs Workshop Two separate events Science Needs workshop
Early RFP’s Broad Broad RFP (Data, Fundamental 6 Specific RFA’s(Ecological flows,
Information, TEK, tools/training Aquatic habitat, Energy, Rare Endemics, for resource managers Climate Change, Terrestrial Landscapes)
Later RFP’s more specific 1st RFA
Combination of immediate needs Combination of immediate needs
and long-term issues and long-term issues
Technical Team review/rank Steering Committee review/rank Addresse common impacts/threats
Scientific rigor, link to needs, unique, Transportable/Scalable Enhances planning decision making
Scalability/transportability, short term, Add to conservation/adaptation decision making Supports adaptive management
Management tie, leverages resources Add to building of partnership Enhances risk management
Address cross-partnership need Leveraging Test promising proof of concept
Unique approach or opportunity
“Connections” workshop upcoming
Main focus of workshop
Continue to quantifying relationships between decisions, needs and outcomes
Terrific idea “borrowed” from UMGLLCC…
Moving from individual projects to an even more comprehensive view of the landscape – Will discuss targets, objectives, gaps.
Oriented on 4 themes (potholes, rivers, sage-steppe, human dimensions)
Bringing PI’s, Technical and Executive committee members together for the first time.
LCC’s must embrace principles of adaptive management
– We’re a process of constant improvement
Need for well understood review criteria
Identify those willing to do some of the “heavy lifting” - sub-group approach was helpful
Time management vs. embracing a sense of urgency
Science needs must drive the RFP process not the other way around. PPP-LCC
Integration of fun and opportunity to be creative is important to the success of the group.
Collaboration across LCC network important to the landscape approach…