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Scaling up? Difficulties in the
prioritization, selection, and evaluation
of restoration sites for Oregon's
ecosystem serv...
Half Mile Lane
Half Mile Lane
Half Mile Lane
Half Mile Lane
THPRD future trail site
Half Mile Lane
THPRD future trail site
Half Mile Lane
THPRD future trail site
Half Mile Lane
THPRD future trail site
Why HML matters
Assessment of ecological functions
“Stacking” multiple credit types
Watershed and landscape-focused site
s...
“Ecosystem functions, the flow of
ecosystem services, and the economic
value to society and the economy are site
specific…...
“We need to be able to pinpoint places on
the landscape … and say these places are
really the most important for supplying...
“We need to be able to pinpoint places on
the landscape … and say these places are
really the most important for supplying...
“The primary objective of the watershed
approach included in today’s rule is to
maintain and improve the quantity and
qual...
Value: “The importance or worth of a
wetland function to societal needs. This
includes public attitudes and the wetland’s
...
Restoration siting
3 moments
–Assessment
–Regulatory
–Market
3 difficulties
–Context
–Categorization
–Prioritization
3 moments
Assessment – use online mapping tools
Regulatory
Market
3 moments
Assessment
Regulatory – categorize wetlands
Market
3 moments
Assessment
Regulatory
Market – deploy trading ratios
“And now because of GIS and various
resource censusing tools that we
have, we can look at all these
overlays and determine...
3 difficulties
How to assess site context
How to categorize wetlands in regulation
How to prioritize particular sites
Discussion
Move toward new metrics contested on both
economic and ecological grounds
Bankers haven’t taken up new projects...
Conclusion
Watershed planning is likely to run into
resistance, but it’ll differ place to place
Questions?
nost@wisc.edu
@ericnost
Thanks to: NSF Award BCS-12138277 (PIs: Martin
Doyle, Rebecca Lave, Morgan Robertson),
...
Scaling up? SER 2013 presentation - Eric Nost
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Scaling up? SER 2013 presentation - Eric Nost

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My talk from the World Conference on Ecological Restoration on 10/8/13 in Madison, WI. My argument is: efforts to concentrate on watershed needs and processes in ensuring greater ecological returns from restoration may not be so easily implemented when it comes to mitigation markets. Outcomes are likely to differ from region to region, however. PES promoters regularly call for spatially-explicit approaches to restoration, but on the ground their efforts run into resistance from the entrepreneurs at the heart of these markets. Their concerns are both economic and ecological. I make the argument by taking us through how restoration sites in the Oregon market are planned for, chosen, and evaluated, ending with a discussion of what the case may suggest for other markets.

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Scaling up? SER 2013 presentation - Eric Nost

  1. 1. Scaling up? Difficulties in the prioritization, selection, and evaluation of restoration sites for Oregon's ecosystem services market Eric Nost Ph.D. Student Department of Geography University of Wisconsin-Madison
  2. 2. Half Mile Lane
  3. 3. Half Mile Lane
  4. 4. Half Mile Lane
  5. 5. Half Mile Lane THPRD future trail site
  6. 6. Half Mile Lane THPRD future trail site
  7. 7. Half Mile Lane THPRD future trail site
  8. 8. Half Mile Lane THPRD future trail site
  9. 9. Why HML matters Assessment of ecological functions “Stacking” multiple credit types Watershed and landscape-focused site selection
  10. 10. “Ecosystem functions, the flow of ecosystem services, and the economic value to society and the economy are site specific…” -TEEB, 2013, 08
  11. 11. “We need to be able to pinpoint places on the landscape … and say these places are really the most important for supplying these benefits....” -Gretchen Daily, 2013
  12. 12. “We need to be able to pinpoint places on the landscape … and say these places are really the most important for supplying these benefits....” -Gretchen Daily, 2013
  13. 13. “The primary objective of the watershed approach included in today’s rule is to maintain and improve the quantity and quality of wetlands and other aquatic resources in watersheds through strategic selection of compensatory mitigation project sites.” -Federal Register, April 10, 2008, pg. 19598.
  14. 14. Value: “The importance or worth of a wetland function to societal needs. This includes public attitudes and the wetland’s opportunity to provide a given function based on its location.” -OR Dept. of State Lands, 2012
  15. 15. Restoration siting 3 moments –Assessment –Regulatory –Market 3 difficulties –Context –Categorization –Prioritization
  16. 16. 3 moments Assessment – use online mapping tools Regulatory Market
  17. 17. 3 moments Assessment Regulatory – categorize wetlands Market
  18. 18. 3 moments Assessment Regulatory Market – deploy trading ratios
  19. 19. “And now because of GIS and various resource censusing tools that we have, we can look at all these overlays and determine where all these priorities are.” OR regulator, 7-6-12
  20. 20. 3 difficulties How to assess site context How to categorize wetlands in regulation How to prioritize particular sites
  21. 21. Discussion Move toward new metrics contested on both economic and ecological grounds Bankers haven’t taken up new projects Markets and plans vary
  22. 22. Conclusion Watershed planning is likely to run into resistance, but it’ll differ place to place
  23. 23. Questions? nost@wisc.edu @ericnost Thanks to: NSF Award BCS-12138277 (PIs: Martin Doyle, Rebecca Lave, Morgan Robertson), University of Kentucky Barnhardt-Withington Award, UW Human Environment Research Dynamic (HERD)

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