1. 2011 Decision Analysis and Science Needs Workshop

    The Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC technical committee held a three-day workshop in Bismarck, North Dakota from August 23-25, 2011 with a primary goal of developing a process that can be used to identify and prioritize science needs from the perspective of land, resource, and conservation decision-making. By putting the decision-makers needs first, future LCC science work can be targeted towards decision-driven science priorities, rather than having the science priorities derived from a the set of proposed projects.

    Workshop participants discussed four steps in creating both short-term and long-term science plans for the LCC.

    • Identify potential “science needs”
    • Prioritize the identified science needs
    • Solicit and evaluate projects aimed at meeting or reducing those science needs
    • Develop a portfolio of activities / projects to pursue as a  LCC science plan

    Participants followed a structured process to develop a first pass (“straw-man”) for each of these elements, but recognized throughout the process that the input of a broader group is very important. As a first step, this summary is being distributed to all technical committee members, and specifically for those who did not attend the workshop, seeking their input on each element of the overall process.

    Download the complete workshop summary. 

Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC

The fundamental objective of the Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC is to increase conservation delivery by reducing scientific uncertainty related to landscape level stressors which are important to our partnership. We will meet this fundamental objective by leveraging partner expertise to promote coordination, dissemination and development of applied science that will support landscape level conservation.

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Rick Nelson
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