Any project can and should have an element of monitoring, which essentially means keeping track of different stages and results of any action (or inaction). Broadly, the process includes implementation, effectiveness, and ecological monitoring. Implementation monitoring asks if the action occurred in the way it was designed or contracted. Effectiveness monitoring looks at the action’s broad results and how they match expectations. Ecological monitoring explores topics more in depth, often requiring research and extended periods of time.
While these monitoring elements are a helpful start, we aim to expand what can be monitored by including socio-economics (local economies, mills, industry, etc.), environmental justice, bees, spillover effects on neighboring areas, outreach and education, and more.
Our monitoring plan uses an innovative model called PROMOTe (Provisioning Resilience Outcomes for Management Optimization Tool) that uses 10 Pillars Resilience (see below). This was first introduced by the Tahoe Central Sierra Initiative (TCSI) in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The model incorporates a holistic look at all available data to paint a fuller picture of how actions and inaction affect the landscape. The resulting analysis is represented in a powerful mapping tool where the data can be used to help prioritize parts of the landscape based on accessibility, need, and changing conditions. Additionally, each pillar of resilience is given a score that can be seen independently.
We will have more information soon. In the meantime, explore the map created by TCSI. Please note that our process will be similar but not identical to theirs.