Goal 3: Communicating and informing adaptive management
The overall goal of Goal 3 is to co-develop, test and refine approaches to inform adaptive management of wildlands in ways that enhance carbon storage and build public support for the needed investments and management actions. As part of this exercise, the net economic benefits of several ecosystem-service functions will be quantified and monetized. This includes illuminating the net social costs of each forest management action, as well as the cost of a “baseline” representing the current management plan with mostly non- monetized ecosystem services, such as CO2 emissions . This approach recognizes the multiple benefits and beneficiaries of wildlands management, while highlighting the synergy among these benefits and the associated costs. The main focus is on forests, as we recognize that benefits from lowering the risk of high-intensity wildfire and enhancing water-related forest services have the potential to yield revenue from the beneficiaries to manage those forests for multiple benefits. The adaptive-management approach for forests can be applied to chaparral, savanna, and grasslands as well.