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Monday, January 29 • 1:20pm - 1:40pm
SYMPOSIA-02: Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit Roles in Midwest Conservation Science

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AUTHORS. Nicole Athearn, Great Rivers CESU, National Park Service; Erin Williams, Great Lakes-Northern Forest CESU, National Park Service

ABSTRACT. Three midwestern Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESUs) are part of a national network of 17 partnerships (Great Rivers, Great Plains and Great Lakes-Northern Forest). Since CESUs were established in 1999 by multiple federal agencies, the conservation community has continued to spur the development of additional landscape-scale, community-centered partnerships such as Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and Climate Science Centers. With a focus on the midwestern region, we will explore the roles and continuing evolution of partnerships in conservation science, and the independent as well as complementary roles that CESUs play in bringing actionable, targeted research and information products to land managers. Membership in a CESU can have several advantages for federal agencies, tribes, academic institutions, states, and nongovernmental conservation organizations. Advantages to managers include obtaining usable knowledge to support more informed decision making, obtaining independent and objective research, and better managing resources through synergistic partnerships. For universities, membership in a CESU can help open doors for students and faculty and bring additional relevance and meaning to their work, as CESU research supports our communities and our country. This symposium will highlight a variety of work being conducted through a CESU partnership.  During the first presentation, we will provide information and resources for current and potential future partners to help you better understand how to get involved and how the CESU network can work for you.

Monday January 29, 2018 1:20pm - 1:40pm CST