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Friday, May 19 • 9:00am - 10:00am
D-06: Symposium: Integrating Citizen Science into Conservation Resource Management: Strategies and Impacts

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Integrating Citizen Science into Conservation Resource Management: Strategies and Impacts
Organizers: Jana Newman - US Fish and Wildlife Service; Leda Dunmire, The Pew Charitable Trusts, US Oceans Program, SE
The benefits that result when management agencies successfully integrate citizen science efforts into their resource management strategies have been well documented and yet, efforts to do so are still met with resistance despite strong support over the past few years from the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the White House. Acceptance that the investment is worthwhile and citizen science can provide credible scientific information is lacking. Acceptance can be further challenged in cases where resource management decisions are complex or controversial, decision-making procedures can be institutionalizedand potentially political, analysts can be dismissive of non-professional data, and contributors can risk consequences for livelihoods if decisions based on that data are not favorable. And yet, in the best of cases, citizen science has the potential to address data gaps and build trust for management decisions that reflect stakeholder input. Join us in an open discussion with our panel representing resource management agencies, conservation NGO partners, and project managers and researchers. After a short introduction we will open with two, 5-minute case studies illustrating the benefits and opportunities of citizen science for resource management, as well as the challenges agencies can face in pursuing those opportunities. Following that, two 10-minute presentations will share transferable lessons learned from years of implementation, evaluation, and listening to multiple stakeholders. We will close with a panel inviting audience contributions to a discussion about strategies for overcoming barriers to successfully integrate citizen science efforts into resource management.


Introduction to Symposium
Leda Dunmire, The Pew Charitable Trusts, US Oceans Program, SE; Jana Newman, USFWS

Strategic Habitat Conservation with a little help from our friends.
Jana Newman,  I&M Branch Chief, US Fish and Wildlife Service

New possibilities and challenges for citizen science in fisheries management

Laura Oremland, NOAA Fisheries udents Discover Project

Citizen Science for Conservation Solutions: A COASSTal Model of Real-time Monitoring and Response

Hillary Burgess, Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team/COASST

Engaging Public Land Ranchers in Citizen Science: From Rancher Monitoring on Grazing Allotments to Rancher Participation in Collaborative Adaptive Management
María E. Fernández-Giménez, Department of Forest & Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University


Friday May 19, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Meeting Rooms 10, 11 & 12