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Learning to Understand Each Other: Values & Perceptions of Ecosystem Restoration

Human-side of Restoration Webinar: Learning to Understand Each Other: Values & Perceptions of Ecosystem Restoration

The fourth webinar in the Human-side of Restoration Webinar Series was held May 20, 2014.

This webinar touched on stakeholder values and perceptions of restoration. It included a presentation by University of Wyoming professor Jessica Clement about methods for garnering public feedback and incorporating it into decisions. We also learned about two case studies, one presented by University of Wisconsin professor Jarod Blades about public perceptions of smoke management, and another shared by Matt Alldredge with Colorado Parks & Wildlife about values and perceptions of wildlife-human interactions.

Presentations

Introductions
Values & Perceptions of Forest Landscape Restoration: Wyoming as Case Study

Jessica Clement, University of Wyoming, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and Ruckelshaus Institute, The Collaboration Program in Natural Resources

Public Perceptions of Smoke from Wildland & Rx Fires

Jarod Blades, University of Wisconsin in River Falls, Department of Plant and Earth Sciences

Values & Perceptions: Bears & Cougars in the Urban Interface

Mat Alldredge, Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Speaker Bios

Jessica Clement

University of Wyoming, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and Ruckelshaus Institute, The Collaboration Program in Natural Resources

Dr. Jessica Clement is the director of the Collaborative Program in Natural Resources and Research Science at the University of Wyoming, and she is a research scientist in human dimensions and natural resources at the Ruckelshaus Institute. Jessica earned her PhD in Forest Science from Colorado State University. She was previously the co-director of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University. She has created and facilitated collaborative processes related to natural resource issues for more than 15 years in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. Contact Jessica Clement

Jarod Blades

University of Wisconsin in River Falls, Department of Plant and Earth Sciences

Dr. Jarod Blades is an assistant professor of conservation and natural resource management at the University of Wisconsin in River Falls. He teaches courses in land use planning, public involvement and decisionmaking, and ecological restoration. Jarod is interested in interdisciplinary research exploring the relationships between biophysical and social processes, perceptions of landscape disturbances and restoration, and science communication. Jarod earned his PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. Contact Jarod Blades

Mat Alldredge

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Dr. Mat Alldredge holds his a PhD in zoology and mathematics from North Carolina State University. He currently works as a wildlife researcher at Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Matís research includes projects on large carnivore and human interactions along Colorado's Front Range, evaluating statistical methods to estimate population density and presence, and predator-prey dynamics of cougars in relation to prey availability and human density. He has also conducted research on songbird populations, elk habitat, and point sampling methodology. Contact Mat Alldredge