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Monday, January 25 • 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Invasive Species Management In Uncertain Times: How To Be Proactive, Not Reactive

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AUTHORS: Kile Kucher*, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

ABSTRACT: Natural resource managers often make decisions under great uncertainty when managing trust resources. Often, managing to increase habitat value requires controlling widespread invasive species and places a burden on available resources. Yet, because of limited resources, some recommended management actions may not be implemented. As invasive species expand, the costs of treatment escalate, while the likelihood of successful mitigation declines. It is most cost effective to identify species that pose the greatest threat to wildlife and direct actions towards prevention and early detection and response. This requires an understanding of what is valued, the level of threat posed by invasive species, and effective control techniques and costs. However, it is rare that managers will ever have enough knowledge to proceed down a perfect path. Logical action should be taken based upon current knowledge. This presentation will focus on these principles with examples at multiple scales, including how collaboration can extend resources and expand knowledge and success.

Monday January 25, 2016 1:20pm - 1:40pm EST
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