Bringing science and public voice to resource decision making
The LCI brings strong scientific support to public deliberation and landscape management efforts through its Collaborative Planning Program. Success in fostering an integrated vision for societal responses to environmental challenges depends on the establishment of a common information base, the development of community-based approaches for examining a diverse range of ideas and management alternatives, and the provision of new tools for visualizing current conditions and the expected outcomes of proposed policies and future actions.
Our rigorous approach, validated through peer-review and trialed in real-world planning efforts, establishes a practical foundation for linking land and resource management challenges to a transparent and accessible process that empowers participants of diverse backgrounds. By providing sound information and analytical support, LCI’s efforts allow differing, often conflicted parties to discover agreement through informed dialog and data-driven deliberation.
Current projects in collaborative planning
This brief list highlights some of the current projects we are involved in:
- Green River Basin Landscape Conservation Design
- Burnt Corral (Kaibab National Forest)
- The Greater Grand Canyon Landscape Assessment (National Park Service)
- Canyon de Chelly Cooperative Stewardship Agreement
- Interagency Bison Management Working Group (NPS, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona Game and Fish Department)
- Integrated Monitoring for Sustainability – IMfoS (Diablo Trust)
- Kane and Two Mile Research and Stewardship Partnership (Various partners)
- ForestERA Project (Various partners)
- Kane and Two Mile Ranches Project (Grand Canyon Trust)
Our efforts revolve around three interrelated objectives:
- We contribute original science to inform policy and management issues.
- We provide collaborative planning tools to solve complex environmental problems.
- We offer educational opportunities that address current issues and incorporate field-based experiences.