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Landscape Assessment

The Landscape Assessment Team (LAT) was formed to bring together agency and non-agency resource specialists in a supporting role to the Agency-Stakeholder Planning Team through the development of the CRMP and eventual implementation. Team members have a variety of expertise including wildlife, cultural/heritage, rangeland, ecological, soils and watershed, riparian, fire management and recreation.
 
Purpose of the LAT
  • The team provides technical expertise to conduct resource monitoring and assessment; and to interpret results for the adaptive management decision making process.
  • The LAT is also committed to organizing educational and partnership field opportunities with CRMP stakeholders to increase everyone’s shared knowledge about the Horseshoe-Copper Creek allotments and their natural and cultural resources.

What is the team currently working on?

Currently the Team is conducting topical work sessions for each resource category (riparian, wildlife, uplands, cultural) to develop Situation Analysis and Results Chains that:

  • Build upon our shared goals
  • Show how management strategies and activities can help meet goals
  • Show where objectives can help track progress
  • Engage more stakeholders in problem solving

What is a Situation Analyses?

They are diagrams of how we think the world works and illustrate the:
  • The relationships between things we care about (wildlife, habitats, cultural resources); and
  • The threats we think compromise their well-being; and
  • The strategies we could use to combat threats to sustain the things we care about

What is A Results Chain?

They are diagrams that turn everything around and look at HOW the strategy gets you to your goal, and what kind of outcomes (changes or improvements) you expect along the way. They are logical chains of connection that give you a chance to explore:
  • Cause and effect relationships
  • Reveal assumptions
  • Show connections between actions and goals
  • Illustrate where measurable objectives can provide information to assess progress and inform adaptive management

 What are the primary outcomes we hope to achieve with these tools?

 Together these analyses will help us to Identify:
  • Objectives that are clearly tied to our shared goals
  • Which threats and contributing factors are the most important to take action on.
  • Which strategies are designed to achieve goals & objectives
  • What measure we can use to evaluate progress
 

Coordinators:

Gita Bodner, The Nature Conservancy (gbodner@tnc.org)

Dana Warnecke, Arizona Game and Fish Department (dwarnecke@azgfd.gov)

 

Draft Situation Analyses and Results Chains:

Draft diagrams are posted below to view or download. These are working drafts and will be revised as stakeholders continue to develop them over the next few months. We are currently working on Cultural, Wildlife, Upland and Riparian resource categories.

Next Meetings:

We plan to schedule a workshop in Spring 2014 to continue working on the Situation Analyses and Results Chains for Upland Resources and Fire Management.

Please notify us of your interest if you are not currently receiving emails about our planning activities.  We will add you to our Stakeholder mailing list. Contact Us

 

LAT Highlights:

Training Day to learn assessment and monitoring methods employed by BLM under the BLM Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) Strategy

 

Training Day to learn assessment and monitoring methods used by BLM under the BLM Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) Strategy

 

To Learn more about the AIM Strategy click here

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