Rehabilitation and Restoration of Arizona Springs Handbook Development Workshop

Monday, September 16 (Clients' Day)
Two sessions: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
du Bois Conference Center, Agassiz Room
Free and open to all conference participants 

Organizers: Louise Misztal and Nick Deyo, Sky Island Alliance. and Larry Stevens, Springs Stewardship Institute, Museum of Northern Arizona

The focus of this workshop will be developing an Arizona Springs Restoration Handbook. The art and science of spring ecosystem restoration is a young practice, and only a few spring restoration projects have been published and reviewed for success. There is a growing interest in the restoration of springs in Arizona. This workshop seeks to advance the science of restoring spring ecosystems and to provide a consistent approach for stewarding springs by land managers and conservation organizations responsible for these ecosystems. Specifically, this workshop will focus on topics, parameters, and key issues related to the development of the restoration handbook, including (1) defining desired conditions and goals; (2) inventorying, assessing, and planning; (3) examining restoration options; (4) discussing management strategies; (5) reviewing legal and regulatory issues; (6) implementing restoration activities; (7) monitoring results; (8) incorporating feedback; and (9) evaluating success. Interactive discussions and small group activities will be used to arrive at an approach for developing an Arizona Springs Restoration Handbook. 

Conference organizers would like to have sufficient hand outs and materials, so participants are asked to register for the workshop.
For more information, please contact Nick Deyo.

Map, Model, and Manage with LANDFIRE Tools

Monday, September 16 (Clients' Day)
Two sessions: 1:00 PM - 3 PM or 3:15 PM - 5 PM
du Bois Conference Center, Room A
Free and open to all conference participants

Organizers: Randy Swaty, The Nature Conservancy, and Charles Truettner, Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research

Each of the two sessions is broken into the following 1-hour segments:

Introduction to LANDFIRE, examples from the field and Sasquatch habitat modeling - Randy Swaty

LANDFIRE is a nationwide catalog of data, an “Encyclopedia of Ecosystems,” a way to think about landscapes and a community of practitioners thinking big. Join us to get started! We’ll go over the basics of the program, how to get the products, and how people are using LANDFIRE to teach, manage, understand and collaborate. We’ll also create a Sasquatch habitat map!

Extracting Occurrence Data from the LANDFIRE Database for Applications in Species Distribution Modeling - Charles Truettner

Learn how to obtain presence and absence data from the LANDFIRE database for modeling plant species distributions throughout the Western USA.  Then join us in an open discussion about creative ideas of how to use datasets that the LANDFIRE database provides to the general public for modeling and management implications.

For more information, please contact Randy Swaty or Charles Truettner.

Bridging the Research-Management Knowledge Gap using Ecological Sites

Tuesday, September 17
11 AM - 1 PM
du Bois Conference Center, TBD
Free and open to all conference participants

Organizers: Mike Duniway, U.S. Geological Survey, Southwest Biological Science Center; Jamin Johanson and Jennifer Puttere, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service

This workshop will introduce participants to Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs), a land classification and information transfer system that is emerging as the “common currency” system used in land management decisions nationally. Although ESDs have been adopted as a primary decision-making tool for public and private land managers on the Colorado Plateau, many in the research community are not aware of how the ESD system can be used in data analysis and for effective science-management communication and understanding.

Ecological Site of the Colorado Plateau Image

This workshop is intended to increase awareness of the Ecological Site system among the Colorado Plateau research community and to initiate conversations and collaborations among those conducting ESD-related research. Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to meet with the NRCS specialists responsible for maintaining and updating Colorado Plateau ESDs. Quality ESDs require incorporation of the best available, current, relevant research. Given the increasing use of ESDs as a land management tool, it is critical that research scientists are aware of ESDs and understand how new knowledge gained through their research programs can be incorporated into ESDs.

For more information, please contact Mike Duniway: (435) 719-2330 or