Monster Seminar JAM - A Statewide Assessment of Freshwater Biodiversity Conservation for Washington
Dr. Peter B. Skidmore, The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy of Washington has conducted assessments of freshwater biodiversity and conservation opportunity for major physiographic freshwater regions throughout the Pacific Northwest. These freshwater assessments are a component of integrated ecoregional assessments that evaluate the biodiversity, conservation status, and conservation opportunity for all biodiversity, including terrestrial and marine species and systems, at ecoregional scales. Freshwater assessment includes classification of reach-scale and nested watershed-scale aquatic habitat using primarily physical variables, identification of aquatic species at risk and their distribution, evaluation of landscape suitability for conservation of aquatic biodiversity, and selection of key watersheds for conservation of freshwater biodiversity in the Pacific Northwest. Separate classifications and assessments have been conducted for the Washington Coast, the Puget Sound, the Lower Columbia, the Yakima and Palouse, and Okanagan basins. Watershed classification, suitability indices, and site selection have been conducted with considerable assistance and guidance from a team of advisors representing a variety of research institutions and regulatory agencies. Separate assessments are being aggregated for development of a Washington State Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment to inform Conservancy and other organizations prioritization of conservation efforts.
Date and Time:
May 26, 2005,
11:00 am - 12:30 pm