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Trust Lands HCP Effectiveness Monitoring 
Monitoring 

State Trust Lands Habitat Conservation Plan

Effectiveness Monitoring

What does effectiveness monitoring do?

  • Determines whether implementing conservation strategies results in expected habitat conditions
  • Considers cause-and-effect relationships
  • Is either passive (retrospective studies of existing research; following existing silvicultural prescriptions) or active (designing field experiments; developing prescriptions)

What are the purposes of effectiveness monitoring?

  • Documenting short-term (1-3 years after silvicultural treatment) and long-term changes in habitat conditions. A variety of habitat attributes are measured, such as:
    • Forest stand structure (tree size, density, canopy closure, etc.)
    • Large woody debris
    • Snags
    • Marbled murrelet nesting platforms
  • Evaluating the effects of different silvicultural treatments designed to enhance and/or maintain habitat

What effectiveness monitoring projects is DNR working on?

Northern Spotted Owl Conservation Strategy

Riparian Conservation Strategy

  • Monitoring of Instream Habitat Conditions and Trends
  • Studying Riparian Silviculture Treatment Alternatives
  • Monitoring Water Quality on Mill and Abernathy Creeks

Where is DNR's effectiveness monitoring done?

  • On DNR lands managed under the Habitat Conservation Plan - all planning units
  • Map of northern spotted owl habitat effectiveness monitoring sites

 

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 Contacts

Teodora Minkova
OESF Research and Monitoring Manager
360-902-1175
teodora.minkova@dnr.wa.gov

Richard Bigley
HCP Research & Adaptive Management Lead
360-902-1717
richard.bigley@dnr.wa.gov

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