Adaptive management is a form of structured decision making designed to guide management of natural resource systems when their behaviors are uncertain. Where decision making can be replicated across units of a landscape, learning can be accelerated, and biological processes can be understood in a larger spatial context. Broad-based partnerships among land management agencies, exemplified by Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (conservation partnerships created through the U.S. Department of the Interior), are potentially ideal environments for implementing spatially structured adaptive management programs.
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Spatial education: improving conservation delivery through space-structured decision making
Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center