The Aquatic Multi-Scale Assessment and
Planning Framework is a web-based decision support tool developed to assist
aquatic practitioners in managing fisheries and watershed information. This
tool, or "Framework", is designed to facilitate broad to fine-scale resource
assessments and planning efforts, document procedures, and link directly to pertinent research.
All information in the following multi-scale framework below shall be used
strictly as an example and is not be cited.
The Framework is a hierarchical, hyperlinked template that is readily
updateable. For aquatic resources in a planning area, such as those occupied by
salmonid fishes, the structure produces tabular and spatial displays of (1)
current habitat conditions and distributions; (2) desired future conditions; (3)
risks and threats to the species concerned; (4) analysis approaches; (5) a
conservation and restoration strategy; and (6) a monitoring, inventory, and
research strategy. The Framework also provides a logical system for developing,
tracking and documenting aquatic information at various spatial scales
(sub-watershed to basin) and can hyperlink management questions and data to best
available science and procedures. For example, different analysis approaches
(e.g. extinction risk matrices, influence diagrams, probabilistic networks)
along with supporting science or case studies are directly linked and
downloadable from the Framework. This transparent and defensible six-step
process helps to proficiently define and display information assumptions.
Six-Step Framework Case Study
This is a case study from an
Idaho and Wyoming national forest (Bridger-Teton) which used the Framework
and its six steps to structure a conservation and restoration strategy for
Bonneville cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki utah). They focused on the
Central Bear River sub-basin, using the Framework to assemble data on
cutthroat trout habitat, stream-riparian ecosystems, and watersheds.
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