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.
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.