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Photo courtesy the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mountain-Prairie 
Holistic planning? Researchers recommend it
as best practice for limited resources
In a recent journal article released in Resources, researchers ask whether the development of instream flow regulation and the evolution of drought planning resulted in planning for the non-human effects of water scarcity.

They looked at five watershed-scale drought plans in Montana, and found they did account for some ecological impacts, though the scope was narrow and mostly looked at the impacts to fish. The researchers found that other resource plans covering the same watersheds, developed by the Bureau of Land Management Watershed Assessments or the United States Forest Service Forest Plans, for example, took a broader range of ecological drought risks into account.

“Given limited resources and the potential for mutual benefits and synergies,” they wrote, “we suggest greater integration between various planning processes could result in a more holistic consideration of water needs and uses across the landscape.”
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Detailed drought maps now available
for National Weather Service areas
New U.S. Drought Monitor maps highlighting local National Weather Service areas instead of state or regional boundaries were released in February 2018.

The localized maps are generated for 121 Weather Forecast Offices and 12 River Forecast Centers, both part of the National Weather Service, and should allow the NWS to better meet the needs of decision makers at a variety of scales: local, state, regional and national.

The latest versions were created with the support of the Drought Risk Management Research Center, a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center and the National Integrated Drought Information System.
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Linking NOAA, the USDM and Livestock Forage payments

“When we first got in business our priorities were production of the livestock, and we soon learned that shouldn’t be where our top priority is. We switched to natural resources.”  These words from a South Dakota rancher open the informative video “NOAA and the U.S. Drought Monitor: Providing Value to the Nation’s Livestock Industry”. The 7½ minute video is a quick and easy introduction to how the Drought Monitor is compiled, how ranch managers use the real time USDM information, and the relationship between USDM drought designations and livestock forage program eligibility.
Forest being thinned

Conservation districts can help

plan, manage for conservation issues

After years of drought, forests in California are in need of attention to reduce the state’s risk to severe wildfire, but implementing widespread forest management can be challenging given that many people own “family forests,” about a quarter of which make up the Sierra Nevada headwater forests.

Enter the resource conservation districts. “RCDs are authorized by the state to perform a variety of resource and land management functions, including forest stewardship, fuels management, and watershed planning and management,” according to the Public Policy Institute of California. “Many RCDs are in a unique position to find overlapping interests” between private landowners and project managers and are able to turn management into projects with multiple benefits in their districts.

The Drought Risk Management Resource Center conducts and applies research to improve drought resilience across the United States. It is a partnership between the National Integrated Drought Information System and the National Drought Mitigation Center, based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. NIDIS supports the DRMRC through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sectoral Applications Research Program.
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