Lake Erie Biodiversity Conservation Strategy: PROJECT UPDATE AND DISCUSSIONDoug Pearsall, Senior Conservation Scientist Lake Erie LaMP Forum Meeting August 26 – 27, 2011
Summary of SessionLake Erie Biodiversity Conservation Strategies: Project UpdateWeb access to biodiversity conservation information: Developing the Great Lakes Information Management and Delivery SystemSmall-group DiscussionsRecap
Developing Biodiversity Conservation Strategies for Great Lakes Erie and Michigan“…working with a broad network…developing strategies for the restoration and conservation of the native biodiversity and ecosystem function… ” “primary output… biodiversity conservation strategies that will complement and be incorporated into the Lakewide Area Management Plans (LaMPS) With funding from:
Project UpdateProject Structure Biodiversity Conservation Plan Final ProductsOct ‘10 – Mar ‘11 Assessment Oct ‘11 – Apr ‘12 Jun ‘11 – Sep ‘12• Core Team Jan – October ‘11 • Conservation • Final Report• Steering Committee • Compiling Information Strategies • Summary Report• Agreements • Project Scope • Implementation • Data/Information/ Map Recommendations products • Viability Assessment • Threat Assessment
Communications highlightsQuarterly Report just releasedPresented at multiple meetings – LM LaMP Forum – CZ 2011 – SOLM (upcoming) – Lake Erie Forum (upcoming)Featured in MI CMP newsletterFeatured in LaMP annual reportsTNC Web feature in development (coming soon)
CZ 2011 café sessionParticipationFeedbackMoving forward to Lake Erie Forum and SOLM
Viability Assessment DetailsAssess viability of conservation targets Minor Issues 2011-01-01 - 2012-03-31 Determine target leads Completed Compile existing information and identify experts On-Track 2011-01-01 - 2011-06-30 Identify KEAs and indicators On-Track 2011-02-01 - 2011-06-30 Refine nested targets with experts On-Track 2011-03-01 - 2011-06-30 Map indicators On-Track 2011-03-01 - 2011-08-31 Assign current status On-Track 2011-03-01 - 2011-09-30 Assign desired status ranks On-Track Q1 FY12 Write draft report On-Track 2011-05-01 - 2011-09-30 Revise viability section of report Scheduled Q3 FY12
Viability assessment next stepsFinish analysesSchedule webinars with small groups of expertsSend out materials for review prior to webinars – Summary of methods – Description of KEAs/indicators – Viability tables – Maps/supporting informationHold webinarsConduct follow-up calls to flesh out detailsWrite up preliminary results
Threat assessment next stepsComplete analyses and receive data from GLEAMSet up surveys on Survey Monkey and invite experts to complete surveys – For each reporting unit—scope, severity, and irreversibilityCompile results to obtain threat ranksWrite up preliminary results
Project Update (cont’d)Project report status – Draft report completed for Introductory material and Methods. – Started work on detailed outline of Viability and Threats Results. – Will begin writing results of viability and threat as soon as data from webinars and surveys are available.
Great Information, Great Decisions:Developing a Great Lakes information management and delivery systemScott P. Sowa, PhDGreat Lakes Senior Aquatic Ecologist, TNCPaul Seelbach, PhDChief, Ecosystem Health and Restoration Branch, USGSMary KhouryAquatic Ecologist , TNCSagar MysorekarGIS Analyst, TNC
OverviewWhy an information management and deliverysystem (IMDS)?What is the IMDS that we are designing?What is our progress to date?Why are we talking about it to you today?
ImagineYou are a coastal zone manager responsible for manyconservation values – what if you could . . .
The ProblemWe lack an information supply chain that supports coredecisions needed to achieve strategic conservationresults at a landscape-scale.
TNC’s Great Lakes ProjectObjective: To ensure the Great Lakes watershed isamongGoals: the most effectively managed ecosystems onEarth. 1)Build a Network of Conservation Lands & Waters 1)Build 2)Restore the Health of Working Lands and Waters 2)Restore 3)Create, Share and Leverage Science and Knowledge 3)Create,Project Teams: • Watershed Health • Coastal & Nearshore Health • Food Web Restoration • Northern Forests • Climate Change Adaptation • Aquatic Invasive Species
Role of USFWS Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Science and Technology Social Logistical• Data Development • Downscaled climate data • Complete NWI Data Decision• Knowledge Development Making • Protection • ID Climate vulnerable species • Shared vision • Land and Water • Climate adaptation • Communication Management recommendations • Policy• Information Delivery • Coordination • Great Lakes IMDS • Collaboration Conservation Delivery Information Development and Delivery LCC Role
What is an IMDS?It is NOT… – A collection of GIS maps or data – A single decision support tool (e.g., fish passage) – Designed to answer one specific question, or decision
What is an IMDS?An information supply chain supporting core decisions of strategic habitat conservation 1. What are realistic desired conditions? 2. What are current conditions; is there a problem? 3. Can we, and how can we, strategically achieve our desired conditions? 4. Are our actions leading to desired improvements?
Great Lakes Information Management and Delivery SystemKnowledge NetworkVisualizationData CatalogDecision ToolsProject TrackingAssess and Adapt
Knowledge NetworkPurpose: Provide users with conservation knowledge needed toeffectively interpret the data available in the other IMDS modulesand promote informed conservation decisions and communication.
Data VisualizationPurpose: Allow users to query and find existing visualizationsrelevant to the conservation of the Great Lakes ecosystem.
Data CatalogPurpose: Allow users to efficiently locate and obtain data relevantto the conservation of the Great Lakes ecosystem.
Decision ToolsPurpose: Allow users to efficiently identify, locate, and compare models and decisiontools, which support assessment, forecasting, and planning for Great Lakes ecosystemconservation.
Project TrackingPurpose: Allow users to efficiently track and coordinate the implementation ofconservation actions by providing mapped locations and the ability to query andsummarize relevant project information within and across projects.
Assess and AdaptPurpose: Allow users to locate and obtain relevant sets of status and trendindicators across related ecological attributes, human activities and conservationstrategies/actions.
Green Bay Focal Strategies• Stream ConnectivityDuck-Pensaukee Watershed• Wetland mitigation
Progress to datePhase I (2011): Design pilot scope and structure o Define scope - complete o Create system architecture - underway o Develop Content – underwayPhase II (2012): PopulatePhase III (2013): Populate, Evaluate, and Create Plan for Long-term