Ecosystem Services Research In Communities Willamette River Basin Study - PDF by zhv67904



Issue:                                  understand the ecological costs and
EPA’s Ecosystem Services Research       benefits of existing and proposed
Program (ESRP) in the Office of         land management and growth
Research and Development (ORD) is       policies. The study will focus
focused on the study of ecosystem       particularly on maintaining and
services and the benefits to human      improving river conditions with
well-being provided by ecological       targeted work on the area’s riparian
systems.                                forests.

As part of this research effort, the    The goals of the initiative are to:
Willamette River Basin project will                                                to land use, climate and other
identify and characterize the             •	 Identify critical knowledge 
ecosystem services in the area. The          gaps in the ecological 
           •	 Model the future responses of
river basin, located in Oregon               processes underlying 
                ecosystem services to probable
between the Coast Range and the              ecosystem services 
                  future conditions
Cascase Range, is highly agricultural
and has a growing population. There       •	 Map ecosystem services in the      •	 Determine the value of changes
is considerable local interest in            river basin based on current          in ecosystem services affected
sustainable economic growth.                 conditions and available data         by changes in Nr loads

Science Objective:                        •	 Quantify the response of          Application and Impact:
The research in the Willamette River         ecosystem services to current     EPA scientists will develop
Basin will strive to quantify the            and projected conditions and      ecosystem services maps, models,
area’s ecosystem services and                stressors                         and decision support tools to help
understand the effect man-made                                                 decision makers in the Willamette
stressors have on those services.         •	 Quantify linkages and trade-      River Basin apply the information
Understanding these interactions will        offs among bundles of             and methods developed by this
help local decision makers                   ecosystem services in response    project. Using these tools, decision

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makers can implement proactive                              Change. 2002, Oregon State University Press,
                                                            Corvallis, Oregon, 178 p.
policy and management decisions
over time and at multiple scales.
These decisions will help ensure                            R. David Hammer, Ph.D., EPA’s Office of Research
human well-being by conserving and                          and Development, 541-754-4602,
enhancing ecosystem services.
The most direct client will be the                          OCTOBER 2007
U.S. EPA Region 10 office in
Seattle, Washington, which has
regulatory authority in the
Willamette River Basin. The
research also will be integrated with
other community-based ecosystems
research being conducted in order to
create a transferable suite of methods
and tools for evaluating ecosystem
services. This research will be
applicable across other EPA regions
and national program offices.

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