CART Case Study Dashboard

Posted on: 4/20/2023 - Updated on: 10/20/2023

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Conservation and Adaptation Resources Toolbox (CART) is a multi-organizational partnership directed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Reclamation and staffed by a growing network of coordinators and Case Study authors.

Complex challenges in natural resources require collaboration and coordination across landscapes and jurisdictions. However, among different organizations, we often do not work together to tackle the issues on the scale required to make a real difference. CART, and the Communities of Practice (CoPs) it supports, is building partnerships and tools to help address challenges for conservation and management of natural resources at expanding scales.

CART Case Study narratives focus on methods and lessons learned that can inform future work or projects in other geographies. Resources and references are provided directly in CART when possible. Case Studies provide an opportunity to highlight the work of professionals, especially work that is not published in the literature. Most importantly, Case Studies are a catalyst for conversations within and beyond our Communities of Practice.

These case studies are housed in the Dashboard, can be filtered using various categories like state, stressor, river basin, stressors, etc., and visualized on the accompanying map. Alternatively, users can filter through the case studies using tags. From either view, users can select an individual case study story map to learn more.

Managing Organizations

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the premier government agency dedicated to the conservation, protection, and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats. It is the only agency in the federal government whose primary responsibility is management of these important natural resources for the American public. The Service also helps ensure a healthy environment for people through its work benefiting wildlife, and by providing opportunities for Americans to enjoy the outdoors and our shared natural heritage.

Established in 1902, the Bureau of Reclamation is best known for the dams, powerplants, and canals it constructed in the 17 western states. These water projects led to homesteading and promoted the economic development of the West. Reclamation has constructed more than 600 dams and reservoirs including Hoover Dam on the Colorado River and Grand Coulee on the Columbia River.