Planning for the Future: Integrated Resource Management and Ecosystem Services

Author(s): Matthew Helmer

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me: What Have We Learned Over the Past 40 Years and How Do We Address Future Challenges" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Resource managers, researchers, and policymakers are increasingly considering ways to integrate across silos for more effective land management in the 21st century. In 2005, the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment articulated an international strategy of ecosystem services which aims to holistically measure the cultural and biophysical benefits that landscapes and ecosystems provide to the public. The goals of ecosystem services management include the valuation of resource benefits, the identification of beneficiaries, trade-offs among various land use changes, and others. The 2012 Planning Rule for the Forest Service requires that all national forests now consider ecosystem services in their management planning. While biophysical ecosystem services, such as measurements of soil quality and carbon sequestration are relatively straightforward to valuate, cultural ecosystem services are often much more difficult to define and measure. As such, management of cultural ecosystem services is less developed. Heritage can play a key role in forging the future of ecosystem services and integrated resource management. This poster provides background information on ecosystem services and how the approach can help heritage managers to improve preservation and to include management of cultural heritage benefits in the broader fulfillment of the National Historic Preservation Act.

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Planning for the Future: Integrated Resource Management and Ecosystem Services. Matthew Helmer. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 452029)

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Abstract Id(s): 26071