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Tuesday, February 7 • 9:00am - 9:20am
Symposia Session - S5: Playa Wetland Ecology. Using a Landscape Design Approach to Develop an Implementation Plan to Conserve Playas

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AUTHORS: Anne Bartuszevige, Alex Daniels, Kyle Taylor - Playa Lakes Joitn Venture

ABSTRACT: Landscape design is a conservation planning process that integrates societal goals and values with established biological conservation goals, using science grounded in landscape ecology to describe future scenarios where specific and measurable biological goals can be attained. Playa Lakes Joint Venture is using this process to identify and prioritize areas for playa conservation throughout the region. With input from partners, we developed scenario-based models of  important anthropogenic drivers that would effect change on the landscape, identified playas where conservation effort would best be spent and identified conservation opportunities with partners to bring a landscape design to fruition. Our partnership identified commodity crop development, wind energy development, oil and gas development, aquifer depletion and climate change as the most important drivers in the western Great Plains. We developed models of crop development risk and wind development risk using current literature. To understand climate impacts we used published models of sediment accumulation under climate change conditions. We combined the ecological models with results from human dimensions research about landowner attitudes to playa conservation. The result is a cutting-edge, progressive plan that allows our partnership to envision a future of playa conservation and achievement of waterfowl conservation goals, within the context of landowner conservation values.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 9:00am - 9:20am
Yankee Hill I/II

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