CECS is working to develop thoroughly evaluated, open-source data products to inform and optimize land management decisions across California. To ensure these products are as relevant and useful as possible, CECS conducted a needs assessment with stakeholders last summer, which included a survey of natural resource professionals across the state.
Over 200 survey respondents provided valuable insights into to the current risks to California’s wildlands, barriers to efficient land management, and what more needs to be done to effectively mitigate risks. A full report and peer reviewed publications about the survey results are in progress and will be shared once available, but a top-level summary of the survey’s key findings is now available for review.
CECS researchers are incorporating survey results into research and ongoing stakeholder engagement efforts. In particular, stakeholders will be engaged again later this summer to provide feedback on the first version of the main CECS project deliverable: a web-based decision support tool for land management.
In the meantime, CECS welcomes discussion and feedback! Contact us with your questions, ideas, and concerns.
We extend our sincere thanks to all who took the time to complete the survey, especially in the middle of the devastating 2020 fire season. We also greatly appreciate all those who helped distribute the survey to their colleagues and networks.