Boyle Plenary PPSR2012


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Presentation Title: The Wisconsin-Citizen-based Monitoring Network: Integrating Social and Ecological Systems through the Principles of Ecosystem Management
Presenter: Owen Boyle, Citizen-based Monitoring Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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Boyle Plenary PPSR2012

  1. 1. Owen BoyleCitizen-based Monitoring CoordinatorWisconsin Department of Natural
  2. 2.  To protect and enhance our natural resources: our air, land and water; our wildlife, fish and forests and the ecosystems that sustain all life. To provide a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor opportunities. To ensure the right of all people to use and enjoy these resources in their work and leisure. To work with people to understand each others views and to carry out the public will. And in this partnership consider the future and generations to follow.
  3. 3. Informal association of programs, projects and peoplewith the goal of improving the breadth and effectivenessof citizen-based natural resource monitoring efforts inWisconsin by: • Aligning monitoring priorities • Promoting cooperative efforts • Providing access to resources: funding, information, equipment, and scientists • Improving data quality and management • Promoting increased awareness and use of data
  4. 4. CBM PractitionersNature Friends “Cause” AgenciesCenters Groups Groups Secondary K-12 Volunteers Ed.
  5. 5. • Data needs to support management/policy decisions• Directly (legally) responsible for conserving natural resources in the public trust• Ability to collect data over larger spatial and temporal scales• More bang for conservation dollar (match typically 3x project cost)• Stable funding (license fees and boat gas tax)
  6. 6.  Full-time coordinator position Partnership Program funding (small grants) Establish and support CBM Advisory Council CBM Network website and social media Access to WDNR scientists Integrate CBM into conservation plans Better utilization of partner data & information
  7. 7. Benefits ChallengesIncreasing environmental democracy Lack of volunteer interest/lack of networking opportunitiesScientific literacy Lack of fundingSocial capital Inability to access appropriate information/expertiseCitizen inclusion in local issues Data fragmentation, inaccuracy, lack of objectivityData provided at [low] cost to government Lack of experimental designEcosystems being monitored that otherwise Insufficient monitoring expertise/qualitywould not be assurance and quality controlGovernment desire to be more inclusive is Monitoring for the sake of monitoringmetSupport/drive proactive changes to policy Utility of CBM dataand legislationCan provide an early warning/detectionsystem Conrad and Hilchey. 2011. Envron Monit Assess. 176:273 (Table 2)
  8. 8. Potential volunteers share• Contact info.• Seasonal availability• Monitoring subject interests and experience• Counties of interest“Who’s Who” membershave access to volunteerdatabase to aid recruitingVoluntary access to privateland for surveys
  9. 9. • Monitoring resources• Protocols• Equipment lending program• In person training• “Capture the Knowledge” training videos
  10. 10. WCBM Network Conference Networking Training Project UpdatesRecognition and Awards
  11. 11. The WCBM Partnership Program• $100,000 awarded annually• Small startup “grants” ($5K)• no match required (but tracked)• All taxa & resources• Review and rating process• $850,000 awarded for 196 projects statewide since 2004• Funding priorities established by state conservation plans employing principles of Volunteer Wolf Tracking Program ecosystem management
  12. 12. a system to assess, conserve, protect, andrestore the composition, structure, and functionof ecosystems, to ensure their sustainabilityacross a range of temporal and spatial scales,and to provide desired ecological conditions,economic products, and social benefits. -- Wisconsin Biodiversity Report (1995)
  13. 13. • Descriptions of ecological and socioeconomic characteristics in ELs.• Species and natural communities important in the state from a statewide, regional, and global perspective.• Best locations in the state to manage different natural resources.• Socio-economic activities compatible with sustaining ecological resources.
  14. 14. The First Eight Years: Lessons Learned• CBM is attractive to agency administrators, though making it a priority is an ongoing effort• Consistent staffing is vital• Partnership Program has seen increase in co-created project proposals (groundwater, deer)• Some social and ecological systems integration occurs naturally, most must be intentional