A formalized approach to making effective natural resource management decisions for Alaska National Parks

Alaska Park Science
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Abstract

A fundamental goal of the National Park Service (NPS) is the long-term protection and management of resources in the National Park System. Reaching this goal requires multiple approaches, including the conservation of essential habitats and the identification and elimination of potential threats to biota and habitats. To accomplish these goals, the NPS has implemented the Alaska Region Vital Signs Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Program to monitor key biological, chemical, and physical components of ecosystems at more than 270 national parks. The Alaska Region has four networks—Arctic, Central, Southeast, and Southwest. By monitoring vital signs over large spatial and temporal scales, park managers are provided with information on the status and trajectory of park resources as well as a greater understanding and insight into the ecosystem dynamics. While detecting and quantifying change is important to conservation efforts, to be useful for formulating remedial actions, monitoring data must explicitly relate to management objectives and be collected in such a manner as to resolve key uncertainties about the dynamics of the system (Nichols and Williams 2006). Formal decision making frameworks (versus more traditional processes described below) allow for the explicit integration of monitoring data into decision making processes to improve the understanding of system dynamics, thereby improving future decisions (Williams 2011).

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A formalized approach to making effective natural resource management decisions for Alaska National Parks
Series title Alaska Park Science
Volume 14
Issue 1
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher National Park Service
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Seattle
Description 5 p.
First page 9
Last page 13
Country United States
State Alaska