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Title: Tool time: melding watershed and site goals on private lands

Author: Bentrup, Gary; Schoeneberger, Michele; Dosskey, Mike; Wells, Gary; Kellerman, Todd;

Date: 2005

Source: In: Brooks, K.N.; Folliot, P.F. eds. Moving agroforestry into the mainstream meeting: Proceedings 9th North American agroforestry conference. Rochester, MN. 12-15 June 2005. St. Paul, MN: Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota: 1-8.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Creating effective agroforestry systems with broad public support requires simultaneously addressing landowner and societal goals while paying respect to ecological processes that cross spatial and political boundaries. To meet this challenge, a variety of planning and design tools are needed that are straight-forward and flexible enough to accommodate the range of issues and the many individual decision-making processes involved. In this paper, we offer some principles that should be considered when developing planning and design tools for agroforestry. To illustrate how these principles might be used, we will rpesent a few tools from the Comprehensive Conservation Buffer Planning project at the USDA National Agroforestry Center. At the regional scale, the Regional Atlas for Conservation Planning enables stakeholders to quickly review and incorporate a range of issues in their agroforestry planning effort. The landscape scale is supported by GIS-guided assessments addressing water quality, wildlife habitat, and income diversification options for landowners. The real value of these assessments is the ability to combine them to identify locations where multiple objectives can be achieved with a buffer investment. At the site scale, landowner's economic and social concerns can be addressed with Buffer$, an economic analysis tool, and the CanVis Visual Simulation Kit, a computer-based visualization tool for creating photo-realistic simulations of buffer alternatives. Combining information generated by these tools can help planners and landowners to meld site and watershed goals on private lands.

Keywords: Planning, GIS, agroforestry, buffers, multiple objectives, decision-making

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Bentrup, Gary; Schoeneberger, Michele; Dosskey, Mike; Wells, Gary; Kellerman, Todd 2005. Tool time: melding watershed and site goals on private lands. In: Brooks, K.N.; Folliot, P.F. eds. Moving agroforestry into the mainstream meeting: Proceedings 9th North American agroforestry conference. Rochester, MN. 12-15 June 2005. St. Paul, MN: Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota: 1-8.

 


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