Overview Why Landscapes? Other Landscape Efforts Strategic Action Plan Summary Region-wide Landscape Identification Example Working with Partners Next Steps
What’s a Landscape? A definable area with similar ecological, social and cultural characteristics Encompass multiple land ownerships Watersheds are often building blocks No set acreage limit - must be defined by analysis and working with partners and stakeholders Large enough to make significant ecological, social, and economic impacts
Why Landscape Conservation? Uncharacteristic Fires throughout the West Need to increase scale to make a difference Secretary’s Vision Restore Forest Landscapes Water Climate Change Sustainable Rural Economies
Other Landscape Efforts Agency & Conservation Organization Initiatives Dept. of Interior -Landscape Conservation Cooperatives BLM-Rapid Ecoregional Assessments State Assessments (AZ, NM, OK, TX)-State Wildlife Action Plans; State Forest Resources Assessment and Strategy R3 Forests (present and future) CFLRA projects (Four Forest Restoration Initiative; Southwest Jemez) Watershed Condition Framework: Forest-wide watershed condition assessments, Priority Watershed and Jobs Stabilization ILAP (Integrated Landscape Assessment Project): R3 & PNW
Goal Conserve and restore landscapes improve resilience, sustainability, and diversity of these systems by: Identifying and prioritizing landscapes. Developing the resources, partnerships, and tools needed. Developing a concise set of performance metrics.
Guiding Principles A Landscape Framework Relationship Between Forest Plans and Landscape Work Forests Identify and Characterize Landscapes Forests Prioritize Landscapes Balancing Landscape Work and Stewardship Responsibilities Funding
Objectives & Performance Measures Identify and Prioritize Landscapes Plan Implement Monitor Develop 1 or 2 performance measures for each objective
Identify and Prioritize Landscapes Each forest will prioritize their identified landscapes values placed on the landscape threats to those values degree of collaboration and local support to restore the landscape Economics
Strategies Describe how the Region will support forests and grasslands in planning, implementing and monitoring landscape work. 1. Build Internal and External Understanding and Trust 2. Build Internal Capacity 3. Expand Partnerships 4. Support Sustainable Restoration-Based Economies
Four themes for analyzing landscapes Region-wide: fourth code HUC’s; sub-basins Characterize landscapes based on 4 themes: Fire Regime and Condition Class (FRCC) Municipal Watersheds-Source Water Supply Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Species of Greatest Conservation Need (species richness)
Map Generation Map demonstrates the process of identifying broad landscapes and establishing the values at risks Broad-scale Analysis The analysis unit was 4 th code watersheds Forests will use finer scale data sets and stakeholders to identify and prioritize landscapes
Methodology Overview Four Themes Assembling and Prepare Data Layers Reclassification Weighted Overlay Aggregation to Watersheds
Weighted Overlay This is a subjective process– The data layers were weighted by the landscape workgroup by discussing the relative importance of the 4 themes. ThemeWeight Fire Regime Condition Class 48% Source Watershed24% WUI16% Species Richness (New Mexico) 12%
Working with Partners Many partners are thinking about landscapes How do we start bringing those efforts together? Communicate how we’re thinking about landscapes Greater ecosystem benefits across all lands Align our work and leverage resources This can’t happen without all of us working together
Next Steps Forests will be identifying and prioritizing landscapes Presentations at other partner meetings Convene Regional Steering Committee Convene partners to coordinate landscape priorities Communicating & engaging public about smoke as it relates to landscape conservation and restoration Explore potential for private infrastructure to support landscape restoration Assessment of data/information resource capacity to support landscape conservation and restoration
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