Skip to Main Content
Toward geodesign for watershed restoration on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Pacific Northwest, USAAuthor(s): Keith Reynolds; Philip Murphy; Steven Paplanus
Source: Sustainability. 9(5): 678-.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
Download Publication (3.0 MB)
DescriptionSpatial decision support systems for forest management have steadily evolved over the past 20+ years in order to better address the complexities of contemporary forest management issues such as the sustainability and resilience of ecosystems on forested landscapes. In this paper, we describe and illustrate new features of the Ecosystem Management Decision Support (EMDS) system that extend the system’s traditional support for landscape analysis and strategic planning to include a simple approach to feature-based tactical planning priorities. The study area for this work was the Chewaucan watershed of the Fremont-Winema National Forest, located in south-central Oregon, USA. The analysis of strategic priorities recommended five subwatersheds as being of high priority for restoration activities, based primarily on decision criteria related to the stream accessibility to headwaters and upland condition. Among high priority subwatersheds, the most common tactical action recommended was the removal of artificial barriers to fish passages. Other high priority tactical actions recommended in high priority subwatersheds to improve fish habitats were reducing the road density and restoring riparian vegetation. In the discussion, we conclude by describing how the simple tactical planning methods illustrated in this paper can be extended in EMDS to provide a more sophisticated hybrid approach to strategic and tactical planning that can evaluate alternative portfolios of designed management actions applied across landscapes. The latter planned improvement to decision support capabilities in EMDS encapsulates Carl Steinitz’s concept of geodesign.
- Visit PNW's Publication Request Page to request a hard copy of this publication.
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationReynolds, Keith; Murphy, Philip; Paplanus, Steven. 2017. Toward geodesign for watershed restoration on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Pacific Northwest, USA. Sustainability. 9(5): 678-. https://doi.org/10.3390/su9050678.
KeywordsDecision support, landscape analysis, logic modeling, strategic planning, tactical planning, multi-criteria decision analysis, forest management, geodesign
- Strategic and tactical planning to improve suppression efforts against large forest fires in the Catalonia region of Spain
- Evaluating wildland fire danger and prioritizing vegetation and fuels treatments
- Terrestrial condition assessment for national forests of the USDA Forest Service in the continental US
XML: View XML