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Salmon Recovery in Puget Sound: Coordinating with Miradi Share

Earlier this year the Puget Sound Partnership adopted a common monitoring and adaptive management framework for their Chinook Salmon Recovery Plan. Now they’ve licensed Miradi Share to support the massive collaboration required to update and implement the plan by incorporating the work of no less than 15 lead entities and dozens of local, state, federal and tribal partners.

With so many groups working on salmon recovery in the region, the Partnership will use Miradi Share to provide a common framework to help recovery managers organize local monitoring efforts and document adaptive management plans. The Puget Sound Recovery and Implementation Technical Team (RITT – a coalition of scientists from NOAA, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, NW Indian Fisheries Commission, Seattle City Light, outside consultants, and area tribal organizations) supports local groups’ on-the-ground implementation with technical advice. The RITT uses a science-based approach for organizing conservation efforts around the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation. Initially developed by Conservation Measures Partnership, the Open Standards provide a common language for describing local actions so that progress can be tracked and evaluated for the entire region. In the cloud-based Miradi Share software, program managers can show what they expect from their regional strategy and then compare actual results to adapt the plan as required.

This year the Puget Sound’s 16 Chinook-bearing watershed chapters – 12 natal watersheds plus four nearshore and marine chapters – will use Miradi Share to conceptualize and plan their Recovery Plan projects locally knowing that their strategies and goals will be rolled up to the regional scale. “It’s exciting to have so many different efforts coordinated in an online environment that enables sharing within projects and between programs nationally. It’s the kind of shared learning that environmental restoration needs in order to demonstrate outcome-based results,” explained PSP scientist Kari Stiles.

The Puget Sound Partnership (PSP), established in 2007, is the state agency leading the cleanup and recovery of Puget Sound. PSP bases its decisions on science, focuses on actions that have the biggest impact, and holds people and organizations accountable for results. Working together with many local, regional and national partners, PSP aims to support both a thriving Puget Sound economy and a clean and healthy Puget Sound ecosystem.

Foundations of Success (FOS) is a non-profit organization committed to improving the practice of conservation. FOS has worked for over a decade with practitioners around the world to improve the design, management, performance monitoring, and learning from conservation projects and programs. FOS serves as the coordinating body for the Conservation Measures Partnership, helped develop the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, and manages both Miradi Adaptive Management Software and Miradi Share. 

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