Measuring Habitat and Biodiversity Outcomes

Project #: 217753  –   Updated: October 15, 2013

Project Summary

Defenders of Wildlife, the U.S Geological Survey, NatureServe, the Willamette Partnership and other agencies and organizations have been working together for several years to develop a more consistent approach to measuring fish and wildlife habitat and biodiversity outcomes in a manner that would be applicable across different programs, jurisdictional boundaries, spatial and temporal scales. Several approaches have emerged, and are summarized in the documents and presentations with links on this page.

1. The framework developed in the report called "Measuring Up"(download report from...

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Location (by county):
Clackamas County (OR)

Watersheds:
Middle Willamette

Congressional Districts:
OR District 05

Bird Conservation Regions:
Northern Pacific Rainforest

USFWS Regions:
Pacific Region

Project size:
0.03 acres

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Site Name Publicly Accessible
NW office of Defenders of Wildlife Yes

Full Project Description

Defenders of Wildlife, the U.S Geological Survey, NatureServe, the Willamette Partnership and other agencies and organizations have been working together for several years to develop a more consistent approach to measuring fish and wildlife habitat and biodiversity outcomes in a manner that would be applicable across different programs, jurisdictional boundaries, spatial and temporal scales. Several approaches have emerged, and are summarized in the documents and presentations with links on this page.

1. The framework developed in the report called "Measuring Up"(download report from list of project files on the right) focuses on measuring habitat and species values on individual sites (size depends on specific habitat and landscape). This framework allows managers to conduct a rapid assessment based on researching spatial data sets, other information, and some fieldwork. Scores can be converted to “credits” bought and sold within a mitigation, or market context. Habitat or biodiversity outcomes could also be purchased by private or government entities in incentive-based or other voluntary programs. This framework was developed under contract with the Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets (now Office of Environmental Markets) and involved a number of agencies and organizations.

2. The Ecological Integrity Assessment was developed by NatureServe, and applies a coarse filter, fine filter approach that is used to identify the highest priority areas for conservation. It can also be used to characterize the condition of individual sites or areas when more detailed information is available or collected. The assessments can measure ecological improvements or declines. Download a PowerPoint presentation about this tool from list of project files on the right.

3. The Biodiversity Service Index was developed by a work group hosted by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, California. Its purpose is to inform deliberations concerning the role of biodiversity in ecosystem service programs conducted by federal agencies. Read more by downloading report called "Representing Biodiversity as an Ecosystem Service" from the list of project files on the right.

The sponsors of this project plan to convene additional workshops to refine and synthesize the aforementioned frameworks to offer some guidance to public and private organizations working together to conserve native habitat and species.

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Organization

Defenders of Wildlife
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

Sara Vickerman
Defenders of Wildlife
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Partners

  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • NatureServe
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Willamette Partnership
  • National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

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