Earlier this year, USGS, in partnership with BLM, released a lengthy report on how BLM is implementing a landscape approach to resource management to more effectively work with partners and better understand the effects of management decisions. As outlined in the report, a landscape approach is a “set of concepts and principles used to guide resource management when multiple stakeholders are involved and goals include diverse and sustainable social, environmental, and economic outcomes.”
Core to this approach is:
- Meaningful stakeholder participation
- A clear understanding of diverse resource values in multifunctional landscapes
- Acknowledgment of tradeoffs needed to meet varied sustainable resource management objectives
- Addressing the complexity of social and ecological processes
A key component in implementing a landscape approach requires close monitoring of status and condition of natural resources across broad swaths of the 246 million acres BLM manages and understanding the potential effects of management decisions across multiple spatial scales.
Based on our personal experience with local and broad-scale monitoring efforts, the importance of a well-thought-out data strategy coupled with a monitoring focus is a key component in ensuring program success.
If you haven’t read this report, I encourage you to check it out here: