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Adaptive Ecosystem Management in the Pacific Northwest: A Case Study from Coastal Oregon

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dc.contributor.author Gray, Andrew N. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:57:57Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:57:57Z
dc.date.issued 2000 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-10-20 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-10-20 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3162
dc.description.abstract "Adaptive ecosystem management has been adopted as a goal for decision making by several of the land management and regulatory agencies of the U.S. government. One of the first attempts to implement ecosystem management was undertaken on the federally managed forests of the Pacific Northwest in 1994. In addition to a network of reserve areas intended to restore habitat for late-successional terrestrial and aquatic species, 'adaptive management areas' (AMAs) were established. These AMAs were intended to be focal areas for implementing innovative methods of ecological conservation and restoration and meeting economic and social goals. This paper analyzes the primary ecological, social, and institutional issues of concern to one AMA in the Coast Range in northern Oregon. Based on existing knowledge, several divergent approaches are available that could meet ecological goals, but these approaches differ greatly in their social and economic implications. In particular, approaches that rely on the natural succession of the existing landscape or attempt to recreate historical patterns may not meet ecosystem goals for restoration as readily as an approach based on the active manipulation of existing structure and composition. In addition, institutions are still adjusting to recent changes in management priorities. Although some innovative projects have been developed, adaptive management in its most rigorous sense is still in its infancy. Indeed, functional social networks that support adaptive management may be required before policy and scientific innovations can be realized. The obstacles to adaptive management in this case are similar to those encountered by other efforts of this type, but the solutions will probably have to be local and idiosyncratic to be effective." en_US
dc.subject adaptive systems en_US
dc.subject ecosystems en_US
dc.subject coastal resources en_US
dc.subject modeling en_US
dc.subject monitoring and sanctioning en_US
dc.subject public policy en_US
dc.title Adaptive Ecosystem Management in the Pacific Northwest: A Case Study from Coastal Oregon en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.country United States en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 4 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth December en_US

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