Now that we have created models of our potential future landscapes, we need to understand how the land use changes may impact the ecosystem, as well as the people and wildlife that live in this future. We will explore land use change impacts in terms of:

  • Water Quality/Quantity
  • Biodiversity
  • Monetizing Services
  • Risk Assessment
  • Comprehensive Plans and Zoning


Step 5: Stakeholder Input in the Next Phase

The goal of the next step is to reconnect with stakeholders so they can lend their expertise to evaluate scenario impacts, identify potential strategies or action options, and structure monitoring research around on-the-ground planning and decision-making.


Moving Forward

We will be applying our land use model outputs to ecosystem services like water quality and quantity, biodiversity, risk assessment, and more, providing stakeholders with additional strategic foresight and practical information.

Decision makers can use this information to determine the types of land management policies most likely to provide ecological and economic benefits, in addition to clarifying the trade-offs of implementing various management plans.


Our Vision for the Future

The CLI’s Vision for the Future is to serve as a precedent for strategic planning in a changing metropolitan area—where residents’ cultural values, natural systems, and development exist and occur harmoniously.

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