Adaptive Management - BEACONs Project
The Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative partnered with the BEACONs Project (Boreal Ecosystems Analysis for Conservation Networks) to implement a new approach to conservation planning. This included the identification of ecological benchmarks to support active adaptive management. Ecological benchmarks provide controls for comparing actively managed lands with baseline conditions. Within an adaptive framework, benchmark areas are conservation anchors and references for detecting and understanding the influence of human activity on ecological systems. They support identification of management practices that sustain the wide‐range of environmental, cultural, and economic values associated with the northwest boreal region, and help to manage risk. Information from these analyses has been included in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s ongoing planning efforts for interior Alaska.