Collaborative adaptive landscape management (CALM) in rangelands: Discussion of general principles

TitleCollaborative adaptive landscape management (CALM) in rangelands: Discussion of general principles
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsBestelmeyer BT, Miller J.R.
Conference Name68th Annual Society for Range Management Meeting
Date Published01/2015
PublisherSociiety for Range Management
Conference LocationSacramento, CA
ARIS Log Number319942

The management of rangeland landscapes involves broad spatial extents, mixed land ownership, and multiple resource objectives. Management outcomes depend on biophysical heterogeneity, highly variable weather conditions, land use legacies, and spatial processes such as wildlife movement, hydrological connectivity, and fire that interact with management actions. Given the high level of uncertainty in management responses and the importance of processes at the landscape level, collaborative adaptive management has emerged as an important framework for rangeland stewardship. Collaborative adaptive management emphasizes cooperative planning, learning, and adjustment of actions in response to new knowledge. The term “landscape” might usefully be added when cooperation, learning, and implementation involve processes and outcomes at the landscape level (collaborative adaptive landscape management, CALM). There is, however, little synthetic information about the application of CALM in rangelands. In this talk/discussion, we will draw upon core ideas raised during the preceding presentations on CALM projects to identify a set of general principles, tools, and best practices that can help to refine and inspire CALM approaches.