Grazing and Conservation of Aridland Aquatic Species—A Structured Decision Making Approach




While the negative effects of intense livestock grazing on aridland aquatic species, such as desert fishes and amphibians, are well documented, less is known about impacts of more moderate grazing regimes, including variations in timing, duration, and intensity. Because of the many variables involved, controlled studies of grazing effects on aquatic organisms are expensive and complex. This workshop will employ a structured decision making process (SDM) to develop a framework for evaluating alternative management strategies and their effect on management objectives.  Because actions taken early on may result in learning that improves management later, based upon monitoring feedback, adaptive resource management (ARM) is the appropriate structured decision making (SDM) vehicle for the working group to utilize. This approach will allow decision making for decisions that are iterated or linked over time. During this workshop, decision makers, managers, stakeholders, and technical experts will participate by providing relevent background and technical expertise needed to 
develop the framework.

Objectives

The goal of the 2.5-day workshop is to develop a decision modeling framework for conserving aquatic species in
Aridland ecosystems. Participants will be provided with background on current management and monitoring efforts and state of the science an overview of the  general concepts of SDM and ARM. The remainder of the workshop will focus on applying SDM concepts to create decision models for predicting the effects of alternative management strategies on desired outcomes. Participants are encouraged to review three articles: Peterson and Evans (2003), and Conroy and Peterson (2009), Conroy et al. (2008)  prior to the workshop.
 

Workshop schedule

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