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Middle Rockies Rapid Ecoregional Assessment (REA) Final Results Webinar

Last year the BLM initiated “Rapid Ecoregional Assessments (REAs)” to improve the understanding of the existing condition of these landscapes, and how conditions may be altered by ongoing environmental changes and land use demands.

Middle Rockies Rapid Ecoregional Assessment (REA) Final Results Webinar

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is holding a final webinar on Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. MST to present the final results of the Middle Rockies REA. The purpose of this webinar is to provide a short refresher background on the BLM’s REA landscape approach, provide some examples of the REA results and allow time for questions.  If you are interested in attending, please register by clicking on the link below.  At the time of the webinar, call into the conference call line with the passcode provided.

1. Please register for the webinar.
https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/494175791/300000000000104524

2. Join the conference call: 1-800-366-7242; Passcode 7243232

3. Webinar ID: 494-175-791

Webinar system requirements are described below, along with additional information on the REAs.  

Additional REA Background:
Global climate change and other widespread environmental influences are affecting western landscapes.  Such changes are not only of particular concern to BLM stakeholders, but such changes are also of concern for lands managed by the BLM.  In response, at the end of last year the BLM initiated “Rapid Ecoregional Assessments (REAs)” to improve the understanding of the existing condition of these landscapes, and how conditions may be altered by ongoing environmental changes and land use demands.  Additional information on this effort can be found on the BLM website at:  http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/Landscape_Approach.html

REAs examine ecological values, conditions, and trends within ecoregions, which are large, connected areas that have similar environmental characteristics. Examples of ecoregions include the Sonoran Desert and the Colorado Plateau. Ecoregions span administrative boundaries and typically encompass areas much larger than those managed by individual BLM field offices. The ecoregions under assessment range in size from 11 million to 91 million acres.  Assessments of these larger areas provide land managers additional information and tools to use in subsequent resource planning and decision-making. REAs look across an ecoregion to more fully understand ecological conditions and trends; natural and human influences; and opportunities for resource conservation, restoration, and development. They seek to identify important resource values and patterns of environmental change that may not be evident when managing smaller, local land areas. The REAs provide regional information that will inform and benefit local management efforts.


Webinar Computer System Requirements:
Windows: Windows 2003 Server, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Processor: 2.4GHz or more
RAM: 2GB or more
Internet: DSL or better
Browser: Internet Explorer® 7.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 4.0 or newer, Google ChromeTM 5.0 or newer

Mac: OS® X 10.5 (Leopard®), Mac OS® X 10.6 (Snow Leopard®), Mac OS® X 10.7 (Lion®), Mac OS® X 10.8 (Mountain Lion®)
Processor: 2.4GHz Intel processor (Core 2 Duo)
RAM: 1GB
Internet DSL or better
Browser SafariTM 3.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 4.0 or newer, Google ChromeTM 5.0 or newer

If you have questions regarding the BLM or REA process, that you would like addressed before the webinar, please contact John Simons at jsimons@blm.gov or (406) 896-5043.  

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