Engaging Partners

Collaborative Modeling ←→ Collaborative Conservation

At heart, and by design, the Forest Scenarios project is a collaboration. The University of Wisconsin and The Nature Conservancy have worked with key partners to explore and improve the long-term outcomes of landscape-scale forest conservation and management in the upper Great Lakes region.

The immediate tangible outcomes of this collaboration include the maps, conclusions, and recommendations you see throughout this site. But these are not the only outcomes. It is well known that models and plans to support conservation are more reliable, more feasible, and more likely to be implemented when they incorporate the input of key partners (e.g., see Thompson et al. 2010).

We are truly grateful for the time, technical expertise, and thoughtful input of a wide variety of partners--experts in forest ecology, forestry, wildlife ecology, and modeling--from our study sites and around the region, including:

We engaged with these partners using an iterative process that alternated between 1) obtaining partner input and vision (Price, et al. 2012) and 2) generating outputs. Through these iterations, we have been able to continually refine--and significantly improve--the resulting scenarios. At the same time, regular interactions with experts have fostered trust, communication, and a landscape-scale vision for forest management that transcends ownership boundaries.

Over the course of this project, we've learned much about engaging partners in a process: