Adaptive Natural Resource Management: Tools for Implementation

Session Type:  Speed Session (20 miniutes)

Track: Conservation


Adaptive natural resource management is a structured, iterative process that allows for robust decision making in the face of uncertainty by learning from previous management outcomes. This session will provide a basic overview of the adaptive management cycle, along with real-world examples of tools used by Metroparks Toledo (Ohio) to drive implementation of our site-specific and long-range resource management plans. We will discuss the role of GIS, rapid ecological assessments, systemwide monitoring protocols and tracking of management inputs.


Learning Outcomes:

Learn about the adaptive resource management cycle, how it relates to the National Recreation and Park Association’s conservation pillar, and what resources are available for its implementation.



Tim Schetter

Director of Natural Resources, Metroparks Toledo, Ohio

Tim Schetter oversees conservation planning, natural resource management and land protection for Metroparks Toledo. Schetter is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with advanced degrees in wildlife ecology and conservation biology. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in natural-areas conservation with an emphasis on implementing habitat protection and restoration projects in Lake Erie's western basin.

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