21 February 2012

SNAMP status and funding update

This news post provides a brief update on the status of SNAMP.

At the October 2011 annual meeting, we presented a series of scenarios about how to move forward with the project with a smaller budget due to a reduction in funds supplied by our MOU Partners. These scenarios included options to close out SNAMP early, reduce the number of field sites from two to one, or scale back research at each site.

We are glad to announce that none of these close out scenarios now seems necessary. We have received commitments of reinstated funding and in-kind data services from the US Forest Service and the California Department of Water Resources that will allow the project to continue at both sites through 2012. Current commitments do leave us with a budget shortfall so additional sources of funds are also being explored.

We currently anticipate concluding the project in December 2014 as originally envisioned. However, this is not a guarantee since SNAMP funds are committed by the MOU partners on an annual basis. In addition to the funding uncertainties, the timing and completion of the treatments may also affect our capacity to determine treatment effects as originally proposed in the work plan.

The Public Participation Team is planning to host an Integration Team meeting June 22, 2012 to better articulate the vision of the University of California Science Team on how to conclude the project (in 2014) and develop recommendations for adaptive management collaboratively with the MOU partners and the public. An announcement regarding this meeting will be sent out in the coming months.

Thanks for your on-going support of this project.

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