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Improving linkages and integration between management issues and science needs for Landscape Conservation (via SHC) in the Greater Everglades
Laura A. Brandt
Project Personnel: Michael Cherkiss, Paul Conrads, Kristen Hart, Stephanie S. Romaņach, Hardin Waddle, Leonard Pearlstine, Dilip Shinde, Jeff Beauchamp, Frank J. Mazzotti
Project Start Date: 2004 End Date: 2015
Recent Funding: (FY14) USGS GE PES, USFWS, (FY13) USGS GE PES, USFWS, (FY12) USGS GE PES, USFWS, (FY11) USGS GE PES, USFWS, (FY10) USGS GE PES, USFWS
|This project addresses integration and synthesis of science for ecosystem restoration and landscape conservation through identification of management question and science needs, research, monitoring, modeling, and structured decision making. In addition, it contributes to fostering strong working relationships between FWS and USGS at local and regional scales.
This study supports the role that DOI has in producing a biennial report to Congress on the status of Everglades restoration. In addition it supports needs identified in the DOI Science Plan in Support of Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration by providing scientific information for integrated evaluation and assessment of ecosystem restoration. It provides priority information for making landscape level restoration decisions that consider multiple species or trophic levels within the ecosystem. Specifically, this study supports the DOI science plan information needs under Landscape-Scale Modeling of improved ecological models; integrated hydrology and ecology models; and incorporation of models into the monitoring and adaptive assessment program. It supports FWS's landscape approach to conservation (SHC) by providing a real world example of using indicator (surrogate) species to design, implement, and assess landscape restoration. It also provides linkages to larger scale conservation science efforts facilitated by the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative. In addition, it supports efforts by both FWS and USGS to integrate USGS scientific capabilities with FWS research needs and bolster FWS's science capacity.