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How different is scenario planning done for public versus private purposes? In asking this question, Jay Ogilvy and Erik Smith look at regional projects done in the public interest, and distill a set of lessons through a brief examination of regional scenario planning projects run by Global Business Network throughout the 1990s.
Understanding the social dimensions of conservation opportunity is crucial for conservation planning in multiple-use landscapes. However, factors that influence the feasibility of implementing conservation actions, such as the history of landscape management, and landholders’ willingness to engage are often difficult or time consuming to quantify and rarely incorporated into planning. We examined how conservation agencies could reduce costs of acquiring such data by developing predictive models of management feasibility parameterized with social and biophysical factors likely to influence landholders’ decisions to engage in management.
This study investigated the influence of economic, personal, and attitudinal factors on the intended conservation effort of a sample of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contract holders after their contracts have expired. Economic factors were found to dominate the decision about future conservation effort. Attitudes towards conservation were found to have no significant influence on the decision.
Increased demand for energy is driving rapid development of oil and gas, uranium, geothermal, wind, and solar sources of energy throughout the Western United States. Much of the energy development is occurring on public lands, which represents about 40 percent of Colorado and New Mexico.
Targeting conservation actions efficiently requires information on vulnerability of and threats to conservation targets, but such information is rarely included in conservation plans. In the U.S., recently updated State Wildlife Action Plans identify Conservation Opportunity Areas (COAs) selected by each state as priority areas for future action to conserve wildlife and habitats.
This paper examines the planning and implementation of the national visitor planning model's initial phases in three specific areas in the Aysen region, and discusses important strengths and weaknesses of the plan.
Everglades Headwaters Refuge Manager Charlie Pelizza shares lessons learned through his experiences in leading the establishment of this refuge.
Consisting of data from 2011, 2014, and 2017, this report found that local economies surrounding 17 national monuments expanded after the creation of new national monuments. The reports look at trends in important economic indicators to access growth in communities adjacent to the national monuments studied. While the results from the 17 national monuments studied do not demonstrate a cause-and-effect relationship, the findings show 13 of the national monuments grew at the same rate or faster than similar communities in their state, and four grew at a slower rate compared to similar communities in their state.
Our Coast Our Future (OCOF) is a collaborative, user-driven project focused on providing coastal California resource managers and land use planners with locally relevant, online maps and tools to help understand, visualize, and anticipate vulnerabilities to sea level rise and storms.
The official national inventory of America's parks and other protected lands published by the USGS Gap Analysis Program. Explore interactive maps, learn about state stewards, download data and reports, and access web services.