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A social–ecological perspective for riverscape management in the Columbia River Basin

January 16, 2018

Riverscapes are complex, landscape-scale mosaics of connected river and stream habitats embedded in diverse ecological and socioeconomic settings. Social–ecological interactions among stakeholders often complicate natural-resource conservation and management of riverscapes. The management challenges posed by the conservation and restoration of wild salmonid populations in the Columbia River Basin (CRB) of western North America are one such example. Because of their ecological, cultural, and socioeconomic importance, salmonids present a complex management landscape due to interacting environmental factors (eg climate change, invasive species) as well as socioeconomic and political factors (eg dams, hatcheries, land-use change, transboundary agreements). Many of the problems in the CRB can be linked to social–ecological interactions occurring within integrated ecological, human–social, and regional–climatic spheres. Future management and conservation of salmonid populations therefore depends on how well the issues are understood and whether they can be resolved through effective communication and collaboration among ecologists, social scientists, stakeholders, and policy makers.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2018
Title A social–ecological perspective for riverscape management in the Columbia River Basin
DOI 10.1002/fee.1752
Authors Brian K. Hand, Courtney G. Flint, Chris A. Frissell, Clint C. Muhlfeld, Shawn P. Devlin, Brian P. Kennedy, Robert L. Crabtree, W. Arthur McKee, Gordon Luikart, Jack A. Stanford
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Series Number
Index ID 70195629
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center