Chaning the Course of Conservation
Water Temperature Tracking Tool (W3T)
Nutrient Tracking Tool (NTT)
Stream Function Assessment Method
Case Study: Rudio Creek
Uplift from 2013 Projects
Why quantify?: The application of new tools and methods to accurately quantify the ecological benefits of conservation actions provides numerous benefits to practitioners, landowners, regulators, conservation grant makers and policy makers charged with
managing our natural resources and environment.
- Grants and other investments can be targeted based on modeled ecological benefits (outcome-based) – potentially a more precise method than the traditional evaluation of proposed actions (process-based).
- Landowners, particularly farmers, ranchers and foresters, can better determine current (pre-project) conditions and accurately track uplift (post-project) from conservation on their lands.
- Practitioners can improve project design and associated monitoring efforts.
- Regulators could better track performance towards water quality or species targets within a watershed, by accumulating quantified results from projects over time.
- Lawmakers and other policy leaders could use quantified results from projects on the ground to better guide public investment in conservation.