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Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes (SWERI) Biophysical Monitoring Workshop Report

Seidenberg, Joseph; Springer, Judy; Nicolet, Tessa; Battaglia, Mike; Vothja, Christina. 2009. Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes (SWERI) Biophysical Monitoring Workshop Report. Flagstaff, AZ: Northern Arizona University, Ecological Restoration Institute. 33 p.

On October 15-16, 2009, the Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes (SWERI) hosted a workshop in which the participants would 1) build a common understanding of the types of monitoring that are occurring in forested ecosystems of the Southwest; 2) analyze and agree on an efficient, yet robust set of biophysical variables that can be used by land mangers and scientists to monitor the effectiveness of restoration/land treatments; and 3) discuss and develop strategies to overcome common challenges to effective forest monitoring and its integration into land management decision making. An invited group of individuals representing federal and state agencies, environmental non-profits, academic institutions, and consulting firms brought their knowledge and expertise to bear on the three goals of the workshop. Working in specialty groups (Botany, Fire and Fuels, Trees and Forest Structure, Wildlife) as well as in the aggregate, workshop participants used the two days to identify the key monitoring measures for restored southwestern forests and to make recommendations about the future steps needed to ensure that effectiveness monitoring (i.e., determining whether the project goals were attained) is an integral part of the total restoration process.

Keywords: Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes (SWERI), monitoring, forested ecosystems, treatments, botany, fire and fuels, trees and forest structure, wildlife

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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes (SWERI) Biophysical Monitoring Workshop Report
Electronic Publish Date: December 1, 2009
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