ROOM: RSCC, F8
Our workshop teaches participants the overarching philosophy, underlying principles, and specific steps of effective conservation planning based on the globally recognized Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation. The training explores identifying key and desired conservation, management, and human well-being outcomes, developing ecological models, constructing situation diagrams, incorporating empirical data and expert knowledge, integrating monitoring and adaptive management in conservation and management projects, and developing plans for evolving conditions and novel situations. In addition to improving attendees’ effectiveness in planning and managing projects, the workshop teaches valuable skills for preparing grant applications, evaluating project plans, and communicating with funding agencies, the scientific community, and laypersons. Each section will involve introducing and teaching key Open Standards concepts, breakout group work where teams of students actively apply these new concepts to real-world projects, presenting breakout group findings to the class, followed by group discussion and feedback. The real-world case studies we use in class are provided by the attending wildlife and fisheries biologists. In addition, we will discuss how this planning approach is applied in highly regimented and complex situations such as federal military lands Integrated Natural Resource Management Plans (INRMPs) and State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs). Sessions may include demonstrations illustrating the corresponding use of Miradi Software, though we will primarily focus on learning and practicing the Open Standards process as opposed to the finer points of software manipulation.
Organizers: Andrew Bridges, Quinn Shurtliff, Rob Sutter
Supported by: Military Lands Working Group