.|  Using Science - Linking Science and Decision Making
Learn about our strategies to link decision making and science.
For more information or to get involved in BES Linking Science and Decision Making contact Ö

Maribeth Rubenstein, BES Project Coordinator:
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
PO Box AB (65 Sharon Turnpike)
Millbrook, NY 12545
Phone: (845) 677-7600 ext. 210
Email: RubensteinM@caryinstitute.org

As one of only two Long-Term Ecological Research sites located in an urban environment, the Baltimore Ecosystem Study has a special opportunity to both contribute to and examine ecological management and decision-making practices at a range of scales. There can and should be a dynamic interplay between the intellectual pursuit of ecological understanding and the development of ecological literacy and ecologically sound practices in the metropolitan area. The general public, students and teachers, and various policy-makers and environmental managers all have a stake in the outcome of such an endeavor. While all ecology educators would assert that understanding the environment has utility, here is the opportunity to test this relationship in a bold and long-term fashion.

Question #3 of the BES Central Questions asks:
How can urban residents develop and use an understanding of the metropolis as an ecological system to improve the quality of their environment and their daily lives?

Can the Baltimore Ecosystem Study contribute to making Baltimore a model center for environmental quality and ecological literacy? Through Parks & People Foundation, BES works toward this goal by developing relationships with local, county, and state government, natural resource managers, and community leaders in Baltimore - to coordinate research and share data in a way that meets the needs of professionals and volunteers engaged in managing and restoring the natural environment in the Baltimore region.

BES efforts to link science and decision-making include: