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11.14.18 OSBT Study Session Summary EHRNovember 14, 2018 Open Space Board of Trustees Study Session Summary OSMP Master Plan Ecosystem Health and Resilience Draft Outcomes and Strategies PRESENT Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT) Members: Tom Isaacson, Kevin Bracy Knight, Curt Brown, Andria Bilich, Karen Hollweg Staff Members: Dan Burke, Mark Davison, Mark Gershman, Deryn Wagner, John Potter, Brian Anacker, Steve Armstead, Heather Swanson, Chelsea Taylor Summary of Discussion: OUTCOMES • General support for all outcomes with revisions • Potential revisions • #1: Consider refocusing on [large] habitats and self-sustaining native populations; and/or better articulate what we mean by “biodiversity” • #2: Describe intent to restore both lost/at-risk species and habitats; explore integration with outcome #3 given that some species will no longer be viable in the future; should we broaden “invasive species” to “stressors” in general? • #3: Agreement to keep this a distinct outcome from #2; reference BVCP priorities but maintain readibility; potential wording – “OSMP system is managed to increase resilience to climate change and other [anticipated] adverse impacts/stressors” • #4: Consider moving to RRSE; refocus on EHR specifically i.e. restoration activities not recreation/being a steward/intentions that can be better measured; but don’t lose intention to share conditions/trends about OSMP and teach visitors/residents about the system, supporting and demonstrating stewardship • Consider adding a 5th outcome regarding science-based/data-driven management • Important to do more science on the system, but consider whether this is more of a strategy and/or whether the language needs to be more aspirational – could be a meta principle, using science not just doing it Summary of Discussion: STRATEGIES • General support for preliminary strategies, with some additions or refinements to: • A: consider refocusing on better understanding what actually fragments or stresses species/habitats and managing for that; consider need for better strategies outside grassland planning area; consider “strategically increasing” block size or “where necessary for betterment of species/habitat”; broaden to include acquisitions and other tools to achieve this; but don’t lose basic ecosystem principles; it’s about quality AND amount of habitat • B: don’t set up expectations that we’ll restore all degraded areas; include common native species, not just unique/rare; include the word “conservation”; could be supported by a diverse set of actions; focusing on declining species populations; reducing impacts and conversation actions – could separate these two sides of the coin (i.e. threat abatement versus restoration) • C: general support for minor improvements suggested by Curt/Karen • D: maintain clarity for staff about where we can get most bang for our buck (i.e. most likely to be controlled), revise to “ . . . severe and/or widespread impact, particularly those most likely to be controlled” • E: explore distinctions between internal/external changes (in light of strategy B) and adaptation/mitigation; add minimizing our own carbon footprint to be good ecocitizens; remove “ongoing and future” phrase; integrate with citywide efforts; consider a different word rather than “tools”; reference all external impacts other than climate in another strategy?; reduction in biodiversity • F: add the “why” (maybe elsewhere, too?); “Support ecological research . . .”; say more about information sharing (trends) and transparency with the public; help staff understand where to allocate capacity to achieve this • Add another concept: Prioritization of species protection to maximize bang for the buck (“triage”); assessing benefit/feasibility/cost; this concept applies to all focus areas as an operating principle/good practice; reference language like this from other plans; help the public understand we can’t do it all (i.e. risk/vulnerability assessment) Summary of Discussion: NEXT STEPS • Explore and propose revisions • With guidance from process committee, return to OSBT in early 2019 to affirm refinements and integration across focus areas Summary of Discussion: OTHER • Andria Bilich: • Concerned about going too far into affirming outcomes and strategies before whole window of engagement is closed. Later conversations about other focus areas will inform changes to EHR, for example. • Staff will return to OSBT in early 2019 to discuss further revisions/integration • Will include cross-walking/integration at that point