Hydrologic landscape units and adaptive management of intermountain wetlands

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daptive management is often proposed to assist in the management of national wildlife refuges and allows the exploration of alternatives as well as the addition of ne w knowledge as it becomes available. The hydrological landscape unit can be a good foundation for such efforts. Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is in an intermountain basin dominated by vertical tectonics in the Northern Rocky Mountains. A geographic information system was used to define the boundaries for the hydrologic landscape units there. Units identified include alluvial fan, interfan, stream alluvi um and basin flat. Management alternatives can be informed by ex amination of processes that occu r on the units. For example, an ancient alluvial fan unit related to Red Rock Creek appear s to be isolated from stream flow today, with recharge dominated by precipitation and bedrock springs; while other alluvial fan units in the area have shallow ground water recharged from mountain streams and precipitation. The scale of hydrologic processes in interfan units differs from that in alluvial fan hydrologic landscape units. These differences are important when the refuge is evaluating habitat management activities. Hydrologic landscape units provide scientific unde rpinnings for the refuge’s comprehensive planning process. New geologic, hydrologic, and biologic knowledge can be integrated into the hydrologic landscape unit definition and improve adaptive management.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Hydrologic landscape units and adaptive management of intermountain wetlands
Year Published 2006
Language English
Publisher AWRA
Contributing office(s) Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Description 6 p.
Larger Work Title Adaptive Management of Water Resources: American Water Resources Association Summer Specialty Conference.
Country United States
State Montana
Other Geospatial Centenial Valley, Red Rock Lakes NWR
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N