The Escalante River Watershed Partnership recognizes the important role of science as a guide to actions aimed at accomplishing its Mission. Each committee considers relevant research in planning projects, and sharing data with the academic community as well as across project areas is a vital component of science-based management.
A long-range science/research goal of the collective ERWP is to hold an Escalante Science Symposium. This would be a gathering of researchers, land managers, and representatives of other pertinent organizations to assess critical science needs, research opportunities, strategies, and questions that would guide the development of the Escalante watershed as a “living laboratory” for basic and applied science.
Such a Symposium would further refine watershed research programs, allowing for a more coherent understanding of landscape dynamics, cyclical changes, and environmental responses to (current and future) ecological processes and disturbances within the Escalante watershed.