Assessing Social-Ecological Indicators in California State Agency Monitoring Programs

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Social-ecological frameworks are a dynamic and conceptualized tool used to monitor the health of a community and its surrounding ecosystem. Programs that follow these frameworks consider human and ecological health,and implement monitoring and restoration programs to inform environmental management decisions. Additionally, social-ecological indicators provide timely insight on how management decisions impact communities and ecosystems, allowing management entities to respond and adapt appropriately. Our research analyzes opportunities to enhance California state monitoring and restoration programs by evaluating the social-ecological indicators currently being used in state programs. Social-ecological indicator implementation provides an improved understanding for environmental and community health.