Where and when to restore? Developing a practical rapid assessment method to prioritize areas for ecological management

Every day, land managers must make decisions how to use limited time and financial resources to achieve management or restoration goals in parks, preserves, and other natural areas. Too often, "shotgun" or other ad hoc approaches are employed in the management of natural areas, resulting in ineffective or inefficient management. Using an objective, science-based approach to rank natural areas in terms of ecological quality offers a better way to prioritize areas for management, leading to more effective management outcomes. Presentation by Justin Heslinga of the Land Conservancy of West Michigan.