10,000 Years Institute - scientific research for natural resource management from Seattle, WA to Lake Baikal, Russia.
10,000 Years Institute - scientific research for natural resource management from Seattle, WA to Lake Baikal, Russia.
Resource Management

Environmental laws and resource management policies such as the Endangered Species Act, State and National Environmental Policy Acts, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (Superfund) provide avenues for citizen participation in resource decision-making. However, citizens and conservation groups often cannot keep up with the bewildering array of technical consultants and information brought into public proceedings. In many instances, citizens are expected to provide highly technical input, such as analyses of species status for a petition to list under ESA, or comments on the costs and benefits of a proposed development. These efforts are often beyond the training of the average citizen, or out of reach for groups without a full-time scientific staff.

How we can help
10,000 Years Institute supports citizens and organizations who seek more in-depth, focused participation in the policies and agency actions that affect public resources. We organize complex technical information and help develop scientific data to support public conservation initiatives and public participation in policy proceedings. 10,000 Years Institute scientists are experts at identifying gaps in existing data and flaws in study proposals that will perpetuate unacceptable uncertainties about the environmental effects of proposed projects or policies.

10,000 Years Institute provides:
  • Technical review and comment on policy proposals, environmental impact statements, critical habitat designations and other management plans that affect natural resources. As an example, we are providing technical review of a proposed aquaculture facility for a neighborhood association in Totten Inlet, Puget Sound, Washington.
  • Analysis of policy proposals that affect valued natural resources. For example, we've conducted basic research in headwater streams to test the assumptions of and basis for Washington State's Forest Practice Rules. We've also provided alternative methods for designation of riparian buffers.
  • Specific proposals and analytical tools for habitat restoration projects, conservation actions, and management strategies. One of our risk models was designed to help fisheries managers on the Lewis River in southeastern Washington evaluate combinations of passage technologies to maximize fish population success while minimizing costs.