Science in Action
Adaptive Management relies on the concept of “learning by doing”. Private forest landowners are doing just that by participating in a wide breadth of studies across the forest landscape to evaluate and identify best, most sustainable forests practices.
Letting Science Lead the Way
Science in Action
Research Organized by Rule Groups
Research programs and projects are developed across the working forest landscape to address critical research questions. Studies are designed in one of 10 identified "rule groups" or zones on working forestlands. The ten rule groups include: 1.) Stream Typing, 2.) Fish Stream Riparian Zone (Type F), 3.) Non-Fish Stream Riparian Zone (Type N), 4.) Channel Migration Zone, 5.) Unstable Slopes, 6.) Roads, 7.) Fish Passage, 8.) Pesticides, 9.) Wetland Protection, 10.) Wildlife Protection.
Key Questions Adaptive Management Science Addresses: • Are forest practices in compliance with prescriptions? • Are prescriptions effective in achieving performance targets? • Are assumptions underlying targets valid?
Research and Monitoring—A Comprehensive Approach
Cooperative Monitoring Evaluation and Research Committee (CMER) provides the science needed to support adaptive management. The CMER Work Plan consists of 101 projects ongoing since 2001. Approximately 44 are complete, and 22 are ongoing. Five new projects are scheduled to start in the 2019-2021 budget cycle.
Field work for adaptive management science continues across Washington’s state and private forests. Replicating studies in different locations strengthens confidence in the results.
Rule Implementation Tools On the Ground Implementation
|Methodological: development, testing or refinement of field protocols and models used to identify important landscape features, e.g. water type breaks, unstable slopes, and sensitive sites.|
|Target Verification: verify assumptions and targets thought to have an uncertain scientific foundation.|
Effectiveness Monitoring Site-Level
Effectiveness Monitoring evaluates the performance of forest practices at the site scale. Also known as "prescription" or "best management practice" (BMP) monitoring because they are conducted at a site-scale.
Cumulative Effects and Validation Monitoring Watershed-Level
Intensive Monitoring: evaluates the cumulative effects of multiple forest practices at the watershed scale. Understanding the effects of individual actions on a site and the interaction of those responses through the watershed, gives information to validate and determine if the performance targets are appropriate for meeting the resource objectives.
Extensive Status & Trends Monitoring Statewide Landscape-Level
Extensive Monitoring: tracks key watershed processes and habitat conditions across the landscape. It takes a look, statewide, at the effects of forest practices on the landscape and determines whether progress is consistent with expectations across the 9.3 million acres of forestland covered in the FPHCP.