Greater Grand Canyon landscape assessment
Greater Grand Canyon Landscape Assessment (GGCLA) aims to offer stakeholders an early voice in park planning and provide the Grand Canyon National Park with crucial information for their future resource management work. Over the course of the next 14 months, the Landscape Conservation Initiative, in coordination with the Grand Canyon National Park, will conduct the GGCLA to assess the condition of key natural and cultural resources through a National Park Natural Resource Condition Assessment (RCA) process. The GGCLA provides a novel opportunity for integrating stakeholder values, ecological data and cultural resource information into this trans-boundary, landscape scale effort. The project will assess the condition of select natural and cultural resources across a 2-million-ha (5 mil acres) analysis area that spans beyond Park borders to adjacent lands. Using a stakeholder-driven, spatial-analytical approach, areas will be prioritized for conservation and management based on valued landscape attributes and perceived threats to those values. The GGCLA will inform future park planning processes and identify co-management opportunities.
The GGCLA kicked off in October 2013 with a stakeholder workshop. About sixty participants representing federal and state agencies, tribes, environmental interests and user groups discussed the objectives of the assessment and identified valued landscape attributes and threats to those values. This input was used to develop a list of focal resources to assess, and was guidance for the creation of spatial data layers that will be used for later prioritization exercises creating maps that will provide a visual representation of areas of concern and value. Stakeholders also identified data they might have available to contribute to the assessment.
Currently, technical working groups are being convened to discuss approaches for assessing condition of individual resources and beginning to develop spatial data. These products will then be brought to future stakeholder meetings for use in prioritization exercises, comment and refinement. Using the best available scientific data, information, and indigenous knowledge for both natural and cultural resources, the GGCLA will be a participatory process wherein a variety of stakeholders can provide input, share information and gain understanding for future park stewardship and management efforts.
Explore the meeting summary and supporting documents here.