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Bison Management | Five Rivers | Glen Canyon | Ponderosa Pine | Sonita Valley | Trout Creek | Waterfowl Harvest

Volunteers at the Sonoita Valley Planning Partnership photo The Sonoita Valley Planning Partnership is an ad hoc, volunteer association of Federal, State, and local agencies, user groups, organizations, and individuals with a common interest in the upper Cienega watershed, which includes the 42,000 acres of public lands within the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, Arizona. The goal of the partnership is to perpetuate naturally functioning ecosystems while preserving rural grasslands for future generations. Case Study PDF
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Collage of Photographs of Trout Creek and link to larger image

The Trout Creek Mountain Restoration focuses on compatibility between livestock grazing and critical habitat for listed Lahontan cutthroat trout within the Trout Creek and Oregon Canyon Mountains, Oregon. This time sequence shows the dramatic changes along Cottonwood Creek, V Pasture, looking downstream starting in 1988. Until 1989 this pasture was grazed during the summer every year. Despite changes in the timing and intensity of grazing, chronic trespass prevented acceptable levels of riparian improvement. Enforcement, changes in permittees, and fence repairs since then have allowed 2 years of actual rest. Note the increased reproduction in aspen by 2002. View the graphic in a larger size. | Case Study PDF

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Photograph showing ducks Adaptive Waterfowl Harvest Management: In 1995, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service implemented an approach known as adaptive harvest management, in which managers seek to maximize sustainable harvests against a background of various sources and degrees of uncertainty. Case Study PDF

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Photo of a bison in the snow Interagency Bison Management Plan: The National Park Service (NPS), State of Montana, USDA Forest Service, and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service developed an adaptive management strategy in 2000 that allows Montana to maintain its brucellosis-free status and NPS to maintain a bison population that fluctuates in response to ecosystem processes. Case Study PDF

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Adaptive Management being used on the Glen Canon Dam area For decades, there has been concern about the ecological impacts of the operation of Glen Canyon Dam on downstream resources, particularly the riparian areas along the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, Arizona. In recent years efforts have been made to evaluate and adapt management actions for resource protection through experiments that are monitored for their effects in the Grand Canyon. Case Study PDF

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Aerial View of Turnbull NWR Ponderosa Pine Forest Restoration: The ponderosa pine and riparian aspen forests of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) in northeastern Washington are in poor health and are not providing wildlife habitat at their natural potential. Under the Habitat Management Plan, which was completed in 1999, goals and objectives were established for the restoration of ponderosa pine forest to support native forest-dependent wildlife species and reduce hazardous fuels. Case Study PDF

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Collage of five Rivers Lanscape Management Project information The Five Rivers Landscape Management Project began in 1998 as an attempt to apply adaptive management at large scales. The project was designed for 32,000 acres of productive Siuslaw National Forest land in coastal Oregon. Case Study PDF

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