Webinar: A spatial prioritization tool for cross-realm management in the Missouri Headwaters Basin
Presenters: Tyler Creech, Center for Large Landscape Conservation, Bozeman, MT and Meredith McClure, Conservation Science Partners, Truckee, CA
Both terrestrial and aquatic management practices contribute to maintaining ecological integrity, yet these two ecological realms are often managed independently rather than as intertwined components of a single system. Cross-realm management explicitly considers the connections between realms and can improve management efficiency by identifying actions that simultaneously benefit terrestrial and aquatic systems. We piloted a process for prioritizing cross-realm management in the Missouri Headwaters Basin of southwestern Montana and northwestern Wyoming that included:
- Constructing a conceptual model of the relationships between key conservation targets and potential management actions to address threats to those targets, and
- Developing a spatial prioritization tool that identifies optimal subwatersheds in which to pursue a particular conservation action, given user-defined objectives.
We provide a demonstration of this tool, as well as examples of how natural resource managers, conservation organizations, and other stakeholders can apply the tool to guide their actions.
About the presenters:
Tyler Creech is a spatial ecologist with the Center for Large Landscape Conservation in Bozeman, Montana. He helps CLLC and its partners apply scientific tools to landscape-level conservation, with a focus on preserving landscape connectivity for wildlife populations and mitigating impacts of climate change.
Meredith McClure is a lead scientist with Conservation Science Partners, based in Truckee, California. She works collaboratively to conduct rigorous, innovative analyses that provide decision-relevant information to management and conservation on the ground, with a frequent focus on connectivity-related processes and informing climate change adaptation in a variety of systems and landscapes.