An expert committee under the Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS) Program conducted a workshop on landscape approaches and multi-resource assessments to better inform federal decision making on the sustainable management of natural resources. These approaches focused on the inter-relationships among different natural resources at multiple scales within a framework that accommodates social, economic, and environmental linkages.
The workshop identified knowledge gaps and priority areas for research, and used case studies to illustrate how these approaches have been effectively integrated into practice. The workshop examined several goals and questions:
- How can multiple resource assessments and ecosystem services be defined and integrated into a practical, overarching landscape-based framework to guide decision making?
- What key relationships among natural resources need to be incorporated into landscape analysis, and what social, economic, and environmental impacts are most relevant?
- What are the most effective approaches for designing a value structure for multiple resources?
- What best practices can be implemented to ensure that these approaches will be beneficial to and utilized by key stakeholders, land managers, and ultimately, policy-makers?
The workshop included key federal agencies, policymakers, and the broader scientific community in a discussion of how to incorporate these approaches more broadly into the sustainable management of natural resources.
Workshop on Landscape Approaches and Multi-Resource Assessments for Natural Resource Management
National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20418
June 2, 2015
8:30 AM Welcome
Jerry Miller, Director, Science and Technology for Sustainability Program, The National Academies of
Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
8:35 AM Introduction
Ingrid Burke, Director, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming
8:40 AM Keynote Panel: Decision-Oriented Approaches to Natural Resource Management
Suzette Kimball, Acting Director, U.S. Geological Survey
Steven Ellis, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management
Ann Bartuska, Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture
9:40 AM Identifying Needs and Challenges for Landscape and Multi-Resource Analyses
Moderator: Kit Muller, Management and Program Analyst, Bureau of Land Management
Elsa Haubold, National Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Ione Taylor, Executive Director of Earth and Energy Resources Leadership, Queens University
10:50 AM BREAK
11:05 AM Methods for Spatial Analysis: Identifying Scenarios
Moderator: Steve Bergman, Principal Regional Geologist, Shell International Exploration and Production Co.
Lisa Wainger, Research Professor, University of Maryland
Murray Hitzman, Charles F. Fogarty Professor Economic Geology, Colorado School of Mines
Dean Urban, Professor of Landscape Ecology, Duke University
12:15 PM LUNCH
1:00 PM Methods for Evaluating Scenarios: Reconciling Quantities and Values
Moderator: Patrick Huber, Project Scientist, Information Center for the Environment, University of California, Davis
Richard Bernknopf, Research Professor, University of New Mexico
Karen Jenni, President, Insight Decisions LLC
Robert Johnston, Director and Research Professor, George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University
2:10 PM Discussion
3:00 PM BREAK
3:15 PM Multi-Disciplinary and Cross-Agency Synthesis
Moderator: Joseph Kiesecker, Lead Scientist, The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Lands Team
Mark Schaefer, Global Fellow, Science and Technology Innovation Program, Wilson Center
Gail Bingham, President Emeritus, RESOLVE
Paul Sandifer, College of Charleston and Former Chief Science Advisor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
4:25 PM Discussion
4:55 PM Wrap-up
5:00 PM ADJOURN
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Integrating Landscape Approaches and Multi-Resource Analysis into Natural Resource Management:
Summary of a Workshop (2016)
The responsible management of natural resources for present-day needs and future generations requires integrated approaches that are place-based, embrace systems thinking, and incorporate the social, economic, and environmental considerations of sustainability. In June 2015, the STS Program convened a workshop on using landscape-based approaches and mutli-resource analysis to better inform federal decision making for the sustainable management of natural resources. This report summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.
- Ingrid Burke
Director and Professor, Haub School and Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Botany, University of Wyoming
- Steve Bergman
Principal Regional Geologist, Shell International Exploration & Production Company
- Robert Johnston
Director and Professor, George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University
- Joe Kiesecker
Lead Scientist, Conservation Lands Team, The Nature Conservancy
- Elizabeth Murray
Research Biologist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Dominic Brose
Program Officer, Science and Technology for Sustainability Program
The project is supported by the U.S. Geological Survey and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.