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Mission Statement

The Land and Watershed Management (LWM) Program mission is to increase understanding of terrestrial, aquatic, and riparian ecosystems and their linkages to inform management and policy options and develop tools to enhance or maintain the production of desired goods and services.

The scope of this mission encompasses three major R&D Problems in the program:

Problem 1: Improve knowledge of terrestrial, aquatic, and riparian ecology and their linkages essential for managing these ecosystems

Components of Problem 1 identified in the charter are:

» Increase our integrated understanding of dynamic processes and linkages that affect terrestrial, aquatic, and riparian systems at multiple spatial and temporal scales

» Increase knowledge of hydrologic, geomorphic and biogeochemical processes, including natural disturbances that create, maintain, or modify the long-term productivity of terrestrial, aquatic, and riparian habitats and ecosystems

Study Area 1. Biology and autecology of terrestrial and aquatic plants and animals, native and non-native species, and sensitive species
Study Area 2. Species-habitat relationships and underlying processes at microsite to landscape scales
Study Area 3. Community ecology at several spatial and temporal scales (flora and fauna)
Study Area 4. Processes of hydrology, geomorphology and biogeochemistry that create, maintain, or modify the long-term productivity of terrestrial, aquatic, and riparian habitats and ecosystems.

Problem 2: Develop integrated management alternatives to provide for desired goods and services

Components of the problem identified in the charter are:

» Develop principles for integrated management of terrestrial, aquatic, and riparian habitats and ecosystems

» Develop and evaluate strategies and options that best serve land managers to maintain, restore, or enhance key ecological processes, while adapting and mitigating for disturbance dynamics (climate change, fire, invasive species, and land management)

Study Area 5. Principles of integrated landscape management
Study Area 6. Single species conservation and management strategies across scales
Study Area 7. Identify new principles, methods and approaches to the integration of science and management.
Study Area 8. Integrative management approaches at the stand and watershed scales
Study Area 9. Management for a future environment
Study Area 10. Carbon cycle management strategies

Problem 3: Create and refine models, databases, and tools to evaluate management alternatives

Components of the problem identified in the charter are:

» Develop techniques for measuring, modeling and predicting integrated structural and spatial characteristics, and process drivers of terrestrial, aquatic, and riparian habitats and ecosystems at multiple scales

» Develop strategies and tools for planning, evaluation, and management of integrated terrestrial, aquatic, and riparian habitats and ecosystems

Study Area 11. Landscape process models
Study Area 12: Connecting science to management