Putting Watershed Restoration in Context: Alternative Future Scenarios Influence Management Outcomes

Fullerton, A.H., E.A. Steel, Y. Caras, M. Sheer, P. Olson and J. Kaje

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We estimated how the choice of the best management strategy might differ among alternative future scenarios. Results suggest that dam passage will provide access to large amounts of high- quality habitat that will benefit fish populations. Moreover, conservation of existing riparian areas, if implemented, has the potential to improve conditions to a much greater extent than restoration strategies examined, despite expected urban growth. We found that the relative performance of management strategies shifted when fish were allowed to migrate above dams, but less so among alternative futures examined. We discuss how predicted outcomes from these seven hypothetical management strategies could used for developing an on-the-ground strategy to address a real management situation.

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Ecological Applications