Title: The Pacific Northwest Research Station biodiversity initiative: collaborating for biodiversity management.
Author: Nelson, Peter; White, Rachel; Molina, Randy.
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-670. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 32 p
Station ID: GTR-PNW-670
Description: The Pacific Northwest Research Station launched a biodiversity initiative to assist natural resource professionals in integrating complex biodiversity concepts into natural resource management processes. We canvassed clients from various affiliations to determine the main challenges they face in biodiversity management, to define their information needs, and to understand how best to deliver biodiversity information within a collaborative framework. The biodiversity management challenges that emerged included (1) the lack of well-defined biodiversity management policies, (2) understanding and quantifying the interaction effects between a number of factors (e.g., disturbance types, management practices) and biodiversity, (3) the lack of applied biodiversity monitoring strategies, (4) difficulty in locating and accessing biodiversity information, and (5) balancing conflicting values relating to biodiversity. We also list the biodiversity information product needs of clients, as well as preferred technology transfer methods, and we discuss the future direction of the biodiversity initiative.
Keywords: biological diversity, natural resource management, biodiversity information, information needs assessment, resource managers, Pacific Northwest
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Nelson, Peter; White, Rachel; Molina, Randy. 2006. The Pacific Northwest Research Station biodiversity initiative: collaborating for biodiversity management.. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-670. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 32 p.