The purpose is to share information and experience on a variety of accomplishments such as best practices in air quality management, wildlife management, invasive species control, research and monitoring, education, training, community outreach, and international cooperation.
> Great Smoky Mountains National Park Air Quality Management
Summary of the park's AQ management program. Submitter: John Peine, University of Tennessee (ret.)
> Habitat Restoration and Conservation Prioritization Tool for the Endangered Species Act
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) strategic planning efforts continue to identify the need for tools to specifically identify the best locations for on-the-ground habitat actions. This project is designed to fit into the strategies devised by the FWS National Ecological Assessment Team and their evolving program. Development of a Habitat Restoration and Conservation Prioritization Tool focuses on economic and social considerations components within the context of biological considerations. Submitter: John Peine, University of Tennessee (ret.)
> Southern Appalachian Mountains Initiative: An Overview
A two-day SAMAB sponsored conference was convened in 1992 to address the lack of communication and cooperation among various players associated with air quality. As a result, the Southern Appalachian Mountain Initiative (SAMI) was created and continued for a decade. It uniquely provided a regional forum for consensus -based decisions for both the assessment design and policy recommendations. Although policy decisions may be slower in a consensus-based forum, the collaborative discussions are hoped to generate broadly supported recommendations for regional, state, and or community-based actions. Submitter: John Peine, University of Tennessee (ret.)