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Lynn Huntsinger said at 1:12 p.m. on 19 January 2006 ,

Comments fell into 6 categories:

  1. How do you define adaptive management?
  2. How can we review the workplan and other documents?
  3. Have you thought about using appeals to help decide on research and participation topics?
  4. How long will UC be involved in the project?
  5. The Pacific Fisher management needs transparency and change. Will you address this?
  6. Will you be evaluating Forest Service stewardship and other projects?
Q: How do you define adaptive management? A: We have been refining our definition and have come up with the following statement: Adaptive management acknowledges uncertainty and the need to learn. The term "adaptive" refers to managers learning about systems as they attempt to manage them. Our adaptive management process incorporates scientist, stakeholder, and manager knowledge and ideas, as well as scientific information, in the development of hypotheses and goals, and is designed to improve information about the ecosystem over time. We seek to engage scientists, stakeholders, and managers in a long-term relationship grounded in shared learning about the ecosystem and society, and we expect objectives to change as society, environment, knowledge, and science change . Adaptive management incorporates stakeholder participation in order to get increased and broader information and make higher quality decisions. Participation takes time, and does not necessarily reduce conflict, but successful participation develops a process that builds trust.

Q: How can we review the workplan and other documents? A: We will post documents to the website, including iterations. If you need a paper copy, we will provide it upon request.

Q: Have you thought about using appeals to help decide on research and participation topics? A: No, we have not done that, but it is an interesting idea and we will explore it.

Q: How long will UC be involved in the project? A: We will be involved as long as we have adequate funding, believe we can make a useful contribution, and there are opportunities for independent research and for education and outreach. Only with adequate resources can we do the job properly, including making a commitment to being involved for several years. At this point we are developing a proposal for a longer term project.

Q: The Pacific Fisher management needs transparency and change. Will you address this? A: We are devoting considerable time to considering the feasibility of the Fisher as a subject for research in this project.

Q: Will you be evaluating Forest Service stewardship and other projects? A: The goal of this project is to develop an adaptive management process for implementing the Sierra Plan. UC will act as a neutral third party in the process, and will explore ways to increase levels of trust and communication.

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