USDA Forest Service

Pacific Southwest Research Station

Pacific Southwest
Research Station

800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710-0011
(510) 883-8830
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Adaptive management handbook and tools for vegetation management and estimation of pollutant loading from forested catchments

Principal Investigators:
Michael Hogan, Integrated Environmental Restoration Services, Inc.
Mark Grismer, Vadose Zone Hydrology & University of California, Davis

Proposal [pdf]

Final Report [pdf]

Project Summary

This Guidebook is comprised of three main parts. Taken as a whole the Guidebook offers many levels of management tools, from big picture to specific treatment and monitoring tools. Most users of this Guidebook will access different sections or tools as it applies to their project. In order to gain the most from this Guidebook, a review of the outcome-based management process in Part One will be useful. Specific management, treatment and assessment tools are found in Part Two. Relevant research is summarized in the Annotated Bibliography, Part Three, which provides a technical foundation for much of the thinking and approaches found in the rest of the Guidebook. We hope that this Guidebook will serve as a valuable roadmap and practical resource that supports your efforts to manage and improve watersheds.

Part One lays out a stepwise, outcome- based management process through easy-to-use steps for achieving breakthrough outcomes in watershed management. As you review these steps, we suggest that you pick a real-world project you are working on or about to begin and apply the steps to that project.

Part Two offers specific practices and technical ‘tools’ for implementing the management steps covered in Part One. These tools are organized in the same structure as the steps in Part One and provide specific details and options for implementing each step.

Part Three summarizes relevant research results and journal articles that support and provide background for the tools in Part Two. This annotated bibliography is written in a way that is intended to be accessible and interesting to all people engaged in watershed management, not just foresters or highly technical people.