Outcome Measures for Habitat and Recreation Acquisition and Regulations

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The Washington State Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) is conducting a review of Washington’s efforts to conserve habitat and expand outdoor recreation. This work includes a review of existing or potential objective outcome measures that can be used to evaluate the success of 13 different land acquisition and regulatory programs intended to protect and conserve habitat and expand outdoor recreation.

As part of this larger review, the Institute for Natural Resources is conducting a science-based literature review to answer three primary questions:

  • Question 1: What metrics have been shown to effectively measure the performance of land acquisition and regulatory actions, in terms of the goals identified for Washington’s habitat and recreation land acquisition and regulatory programs?
  • Question 2: What is needed to ensure that outcome measurements are accurate, reliable, and linked to programs and projects?
  • Question 3: How have similar programs successfully implemented outcome measurement?


For more information, contact:

Rachel Murata, Research Analyst, JLARC, Rachel.Murata@leg.wa.gov


Project Team

Core team

  • Lisa Gaines (INR)
  • Jimmy Kagan (INR)
  • Jeff Behan (INR)
  • Mary Klein (Virginia)
  • Lisa Wainger (Maryland)

Science panel

  • Peter Alpert (Massachusetts)
  • Ana Davidson (Colorado)
  • David Diamond (Missouri)
  • Gary Knight (Florida)
  • Lydia Olander (North Carolina)
  • Fraser Shilling (California)
  • Tom Smith (Virginia)
  • Dean Urban (North Carolina)

Project Introduction



Washington's Habitat and Recreation Land Acquisition Programs and Regulatory Programs


Acquisition Programs

Salmon recovery funding board expenditures

Puget Sound acquisition and restoration

Puget Sound estuary and salmon restoration

The Washington wildlife and recreation program

State parks and recreation commission expenditures that expand recreational lands and facilities

Trust land transfer program and other expenditures by the department of natural resources that protect habitat or expand recreation

Other state expenditures that expand recreational lands and facilities


Regulatory Programs

Growth management regulations regarding critical areas

Wetland restrictions

Shoreline management rules

Forest practices regulation

Hydraulic project approval program

The Clean Water Act

Flood plain management