Welcome to Salish Sea Restoration

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This website has been developed so that people working for ecosystem restoration and management have a place to describe their work



Participation is collaborative and follows a social contract designed to support the scientific process.

We invite you to join us.

Our Ecosystems Framework

ECOSYSTEM SCHEMATIC--Systems are overlapping and interrelated, creating a network of ecosystems that span the Salish Sea basin

We divide the landscape into seven kinds of systems, each relatively consistent in ther physical dynamics, and how we use them. The salish sea is a mosaic of these sites:

Headwater Icon.jpg Headwaters

Lowland Watershed Icon.jpg Lowland Watersheds

Floodplain Icon.jpg Floodplains

Delta Icon.jpg River Deltas

Coastal Inlet Icon.jpg Embayments

Beach Icon.jpg Beaches

Rocky Icon.jpg Rocky Shorelines

Our Human Systems Framework

We also wanted to capture the activites and interests of people. The way people think and organize themselves often transcends ecological place. We organize ouselves into workgroups which undertake efforts using shared resources often resulting in development of documents, which add to our understanding of topics. The following page categories describe this landscape of human knowledge.

Workgroup Icon.jpg Workgroups - people who are working together

Effort Icon.jpg Efforts - the goals of these workgroups

Resource Icon.jpg Resources - useful tools for ecosystem management.

Document Icon.jpg Documents - the written record of efforts

Topic Icon.jpg Topics - synthesis of available evidence and theory on a topic

Place Icon.jpg Places - the places people identify around them

Our goal is to increase transparent interaction between ecosystem scientists, private citizens, and public servants. This wiki allows you to weave together existing resources to give you the tools for ecosystem stewardship. Our goal is to increase information movement among institutions and people.

Scientists connect with restoration and protection practice

Scientists oftens have very specialized areas of knowledge, only shared among close colleagues. Ecosystem management both provides the opportunty for on-the-ground experiments (AKA adaptive management), but also requires interdisciplary understanding of complex systems. Without the discipline of science, ecosystem management becomes less effective, less efficient, and more focussed on economic and political interests. Scientists can use this wiki in several ways:

  • Identify sites where you have specific knowledge or information.
  • Report your contributions, and encourage students to contribute project work and liturature review that strengthens and synthesizes our understanding of systems and their attributes.
  • Find on-the-ground efforts that align with your research goals that could benefit from scientific involvement while providing large scale experiments to test ecological postulates.

Citizens take ownership of ecosystem stewardship

Citizens are the true cornerstone of conservation, but volunteers, advocates and neighbors are working by their bootstraps to develop the networks and strategies for their local situation. There are many ways that this wiki can help citizens become more effectively engaged:

  • Learn about what has been written about your ecosystem site.
  • Identify workgroups that are actively working in your site, or in similar systems to improve your networks.
  • Report on your workgroup and its efforts so that others are aware of your stewardship.

Professionals share and distribute knowledge and evidence

A vast volume of information generated through publically funding work doesn't get shared. Projects, reports, observations are buried in unpublished "grey literature", or in the memories of agency staff. When this information doesn't get added to our collective knowledge, we are wasting resources. Professionals working for various governments or their consultants can both contribute and benefit from the wiki:

  • Post documents that might otherwise be hard to find, either associated with a particular site or more generally related to systems
  • Identify local workgroups or documents at sites where you find yourself working.
  • Contribute to maintaining shared knowledge of systems and their attributes fitting to you expertise.