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Assessment of ecological integrity in freshwater ecosystems (National LCCs)

Admin1: Lauren Kuehne

Group members: 12

Purpose: National LCC-funded project (led by the University of Washington) to review and recommend best practices in assessment of ecological integrity in freshwater systems

The assessment of ecological integrity remains a primary component of present-day conservation strategies for freshwater ecosystems, but approaches vary widely in method, scale, efficiency, and sustainability. The need for standardized assessment practices have been noted in several national conservation initiatives. The range of approaches under development or in use by LCCs and partner agencies offers a timely opportunity to summarize assessment trends, identify data that would facilitate particularly promising methods, and evaluate the success with which assessments are currently integrated into broad conservation planning and management.

Goals, Objectives, and Activities: Our goals are to provide LCCs and partners with recommendations of best practices for evaluating aquatic ecological integrity at different landscape scales, identify critical data needs, and help develop a sustainable, collaborative network around improving integration of assessment products.

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Project Principal Investigators: 

Julian Olden, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, U. of Washington, olden@uw.edu

Lauren Kuehne, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, U. of Washington, lkuehne@uw.edu

Joshua Lawler, School of Environmental and Forestry Sciences, U. of Washington, jlawler@uw.edu

Angela Strecker, Dept of Environmental Science and Management, Portland State University

David Theobald, Conservation Science Partners, Inc., Dept of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University, davet@csp-inc.org