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Research Framework


At the spring 1992 Board of Directors meeting for the Blue Mountains Natural Resources Institute (BMNRI), the need was identified for a synthesis of our knowledge and a framework for filling critical gaps in our knowledge concerning forest health. A team of scientists was assembled to prepare synthesis papers and identify the research gaps. These scientists worked with BMNRI Technical Committees to develop the synthesis papers and research framework.

The mission of the BMNRI is "to enhance the long-term economic and social benefits derived from the area's natural resources in an ecologically sound and sustainable manner." This is to be achieved through research, development, application, demonstration, and education. A synthesis of the current and past scientific literature on forest health in the Blue Mountains and related areas identified key issues limiting our ability to achieve a solution for sustaining resources, people, and economies of the Blue Mountains.

The key to achieving sustainability is designing a strategy for ecosystem restoration and for economic and social stability and compatibility with the resource base (where restoration is defined as functioning ecosystems and not reestablishment of conditions identical to those prior to European settlement). Sustaining the resources, people, and economies of the Blue Mountains Region is complex because of the diversity of issues involved and the complex interactions among issues. Thus, to successfully deal with the array of interactions requires that these issues be addressed in an integrated framework and that resource management be at the ecosystem or landscape level. Available to us for developing management strategies is a wealth of information that has been summarized in a synthesis document. However, the synthesis process also identified research, demonstration, and education needs that impede our ability to make sound management decisions.

Research, demonstration, and education each play a different role in contributing to our ability to make sound management decisions. The role of research is to contribute a blueprint from which strategies and policy can be developed. It provides the scientific underpinnings for sound management. It expands our understanding of options and consequences and lays the foundation for a framework for decisionmaking that better matches society's needs with ecosystem capabilities. It will not give specific answers to all questions posed by managers, governments, and their constituencies, but is designed to contribute to the knowledge base necessary for solutions to be developed.

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