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Lake Erie SunsetThe Knowledge Network’s Strategic Conservation articles provide an overview of landscape-scale conservation and outline the conceptual framework for Great Lakes Inform. Learn about the natural resource management process known as collaborative adaptive management, find resources for collaboration, and discover the essential ecological attributes that underlie the site.


Achieving Collaboration at Scale: An Interactive Lesson in Three Parts

This three part training explains the natural resource management processes Great Lakes Inform supports. This training provides an understanding of:

  • The adaptive management process and how it can be carried out collaboratively.
  • The distinct components of information and how they are used to make informed decisions during the collaborative adaptive management (CAM) process.
  • The Great Lakes Inform website and how it facilitates information management and delivery to support CAM in the Great Lakes.

Collaborative Adaptive Management

Strategic conservation requires a continuous process of planning, designing, delivering, evaluating and monitoring conservation strategies. Collaborative adaptive management (CAM) is a natural resource process that facilitates strategic conservation efforts. Check out the trainings above for a general introduction to CAM or read through this article to learn more how the principles of CAM are used in this website to protect and restore Great Lakes habitat and species.

Essential Ecological Attributes of Ecosystems

We use symbols to understand how the world works. Symbols simplify complex phenomena and make it easier to understand relationships among different interacting parts. The overall structure of Great Lakes Inform follows an organizing framework of essential ecological attributes, which are basically all the symbols of a functioning ecosystem. This article provides an overview of this framework and how thinking in terms of ecological attributes facilitates consistency in presenting content, ease of learning, and a comparative understanding among Great Lakes ecosystems.

Collaborative Best Practices and Resources

Great Lakes Inform is designed to increase the efficiency of regional conservation and resource management in the Great Lakes and provide vital services to regional collaborative groups. Find out more about collaboration in the Collaborative Best Practices manual and other key resources on this page.