The vast majority of respondents felt that participation in SNAMP was worth their time and meetings were well organized and facilitated (fig.
Workshops on collaborative adaptive management were held to help SNAMP participants learn communication strategies for productive meetings and to create a shared language to help build the long-term relationships to support learning and adaptation (Stringer et al.
Multiple formats for sharing research plans and results and getting feedback were used in the SNAMP process, as has been shown beneficial in other studies (Arnold et al.
The survey indicates general satisfaction in this area of shared understandings, with strong agreement that the SNAMP process promoted learning and that the meetings were well organized (fig.
6: Percentage of respondents to the 2010 survey who agreed that 'Because of the way UC has facilitated participation for the SNAMP project so far, I think that …' [Figure omitted]
Results from a follow-up survey at the end of the project will show whether notions of forest health changed during the SNAMP process.
In the Sugar Pine project area, SNAMP scientists studied the effects of thinning treatments on Pacific fisher (Martes pennanti) habitat quality and collected data on fisher survival and behavior within four watersheds.
There are two major kinds of decision making within SNAMP, decisions about research made by the science team and decisions about management made by the Forest Service.
A researcher explained that this could not fit the timeframe, budget and objectives of SNAMP or result in better management information, because there was no pre-fire data available from the site and the high-severity burn was not comparable with the prescribed fires used in SNAMP.
This possible hurdle was raised at the beginning of the project in 2005, and again in April of 2008 by many participants in SNAMP workshops because of their aspiration to have true comanagement with the Forest Service, including shared decision making.
The Forest Service extends a fundamentally consultative role to SNAMP participants, with the expressed intention of adhering to the results of the project.
The intention was to encourage detailed two-way conversations between researchers and the public, develop a committed core membership within SNAMP and collaboratively address the transition between scientific results and management action.