KBNERR has been selected to lead a research synthesis working group through the State of Alaska’s Salmon and People program. This project will take place from November 2016 to March 2018 in the Southern Kenai Peninsula Lowlands.
Current watershed research and information in the Kenai Lowlands is abundant but can be inaccessible or fragmented for stakeholder use in salmon policy and management decisions. Unlike many parts of Alaska, land ownership on the Kenai Lowlands is predominately private, especially in the headwater regions. Working collaboratively, we will identify key landscape elements that promote productivity and resilience in salmon producing watersheds and conservation strategies that are consistent with the long-term sustainability of a healthy and functional ecosystem.
KBNERR will establish a collaborative working group that brings diverse perspectives to analyze available data. We will integrate data and watershed habitat and hydrological models for the Kenai Lowlands. Additionally, we will conduct workshops that engage stakeholders that include tribal leaders, environmental planners, borough officials, local and statewide agencies, students and researchers. These actions will lead to the development of an updateable geospatial support tool for use in salmon management and decision making.
Anticipated Results & Benefits
- Regional ecosystem-based understanding of salmon habitat
- Integration of stakeholder perspectives and place-based research into salmon watershed models
- New insights into pressures affecting salmon systems and their relationships with salmon people
- Identification of research gaps to guide future studies
- Increased community stewardship for greater salmon resiliency