NOAA NMFS Coho and Multi-Species Recovery Plan Support

Authors: 
Alex Young, Zhahai Stewart, Deanne DiPietro
Publication Date: 
December 2011
Publisher: 
Sonoma Ecology Center
Long Title: 
NOAA NMFS Coho and Multi-Species Recovery Plan Supoort
Abstract: 

From July 2006 to December 2011 the Sonoma Ecology Center (SECSonoma Ecology Center is a not-for-profit organization located in the Sonoma Valley. http://sonomaecologycenter.org) provided services in support of NOAA NMFS North Central California (NCCC) Salmonid Recovery Planning process and reports. This report provides an account of the work performed and resultant products.
Support tasks included:

1) Data Development
Development of several datasets critical to the evaluation of salmonid population viability for the NCCC region, most notably the CDFGCalifornia Department of Fish and Game habitat survey data and stream temperature data for the 72 watersheds comprising the region. These data were gleaned from a multitude of disparate sources (many previously proprietary and in non-digital form), assembled, structured, quality checked, spatially referenced, summarized, and interfaced to ensure usability for the indicator analyses that relied on them. In the case of the CDFGCalifornia Department of Fish and Game habitat survey data SECSonoma Ecology Center is a not-for-profit organization located in the Sonoma Valley. http://sonomaecologycenter.org worked closely with the UC Extension Hopland Field Station to accomplish the creation of a new publically-accessible version of this important and previously fragmented and proprietary data. The resulting datasets are now available to others and are useful for a variety of conservation and research applications, representing a major contribution in itself.

2) Indicator Analysis
Quantitative ratings for 14 of the 32 indicators for 72 watersheds and 99 populations (Chinook, Coho, Steelhead, and Summer-run Steelhead, see Table 1). This work relied heavily on coordination with many organizations, agencies, and individuals to assemble useful information for evaluation of habitat viability. Every effort was made to collect and process the most comprehensive data available for the target watersheds under the guidance and direction of the NMFS Recovery Team, which came from a variety of sources in disparate formats and with variable coverage and quality. The scope and direction of this dynamic project evolved as the RT made adjustments to the indicator list based on data limitations and time constraints. The SECSonoma Ecology Center is a not-for-profit organization located in the Sonoma Valley. http://sonomaecologycenter.org team worked closely with the Recovery Team as the indicators were refined to address the core needs of the species and were subsequently adjusted in response to feasibility of analysis with available data.

3) Data Access Tools
SECSonoma Ecology Center is a not-for-profit organization located in the Sonoma Valley. http://sonomaecologycenter.org produced database management systems and user-friendly web-based interfaces to the indicator databases and the underlying data to provide the Recovery Team with the access and transparency they needed to evaluate salmonid population viability and existing limitations to recovery. A web-based data grid and “drilldown” system supported exploration of the indicator databases, and a web-based data cataloging system and library of data sources linked to the indicator values produced from them provide transparency for public review. SECSonoma Ecology Center is a not-for-profit organization located in the Sonoma Valley. http://sonomaecologycenter.org also coordinated with the UC Berkeley Water Resources Center on development of a Microsoft Excel Datacube, an experimental system for analysis and presentation of stream data.

4) Support for the Coho Recovery Plan document
SECSonoma Ecology Center is a not-for-profit organization located in the Sonoma Valley. http://sonomaecologycenter.org conducted an historical analysis of Coho in the NCCC region and wrote a summary of the history of the species for the Coho Recovery Plan, providing context and compelling rationale for the recovery process. This piece has received positive review, and the Recovery Team staff have indicated that it is the “most commented on” section of the Coho Recovery Plan. SECSonoma Ecology Center is a not-for-profit organization located in the Sonoma Valley. http://sonomaecologycenter.org also provided extensive bibliographic support for the plan, managing the references and citations in an EndNote digital library and training NMFS staff in its use.

SEC filepath: 
P:\GIS_Projects\External\NOAA_2011\Reports
Keywords: 
Salmonid, Coho, Steelhead, Recovery, Planning, Restoration, Data, Historical Ecology, Tools, Indicator, Analysis
Date Period: 
08/01/2006 - 12/31/2011
Progress: 
Complete
Name: 
Alex Young
Organization: 
Sonoma Ecology Center
Address: 
PO Box 1496, Eldridge, CA 95431
Phone: 
707 996 0712 x117

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