Wildlife Management Institute

BLM Directs Implementation of Sage-Grouse Plans
Friday, 16 September 2016 10:17

image of Sage Grouse in a Field, Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Flickr

On September 1, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released guidance clarifying implementation of key components of sage-grouse land use plans, reports the Wildlife Management Institute. These plans, that were finalized on September 22, 2015, updated 98 BLM and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) land use plans across the West and were a key factor in the decision to not list the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act. The seven Instruction Memorandums relate to provisions impacting oil and gas leasing and development, grazing, and the collection and use of land management data.

WMI Landscapes: NAACC Partners Complete Stream Crossing Surveys
Friday, 16 September 2016 09:56

image of bridge over Ten Mile River in New York, Credit; Charles Fulton, Flickr

Over the past year the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC) has been working to increase connectivity of rivers and streams in the northeast by addressing fragmentation and obstructed flow through barriers such as culverts and bridges. The NAACC developed a standardized protocol for both citizen scientists and professionals to evaluate stream crossing impacts on hydrology so that the streams can be ranked to prioritize conservation efforts. In addition, the site hosts a database to compile the surveys as well as a map of the watersheds.

Conservation Briefs
Friday, 16 September 2016 09:39

Conservation Briefs is a compilation of short news stories of interest to Outdoor News Bulletin readers. The stories cover a number of issues that have developed in the past month or provide updates on issues that were featured in previous ONB editions. Each story includes links to online resources for more details on each topic.

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WMI Helps IWJV Promote Wet Meadow Conservation
Friday, 16 September 2016 10:09

The Carey Ranch floodplain pastures and wetlands have been maintained through reconstruction of key infrastructure in 2009 and 2010, Credit: IWJV

The Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) is hosting two positions to support efforts of the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) to conserve wet meadows on working lands in Southern Oregon and Northeastern California (SONEC). The SONEC Working Wet Meadows Initiative targets one of the most important staging areas for waterfowl in North America. Supporting 4.9 million waterfowl during spring migration, SONEC wet meadows serve as a critical migration stopover and breeding area for waterfowl, shorebirds, and waterbirds. Private landowners that manage wet meadows to produce forage for livestock as part of their working ranches play a key role in sustaining Pacific Flyway migratory bird populations. Many of these wet meadows occur in historic floodplains and are managed through flood-irrigation to achieve agricultural objectives and mimic natural hydrological processes.

NRCS Updates Conservation Stewardship Program
Friday, 16 September 2016 10:03

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) that are intended to expand conservation options to producers on working lands, according to the Wildlife Management Institute.

CRU Corner: A Race Against the Clock for Brook Trout Conservation
Friday, 16 September 2016 09:24

image of USGS Cooperative Research Units logoimage of Brook Trout

Are brook trout destined for extinction? That is a future that Shannon White, a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Tyler Wagner at the USGS Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Penn State University, is working to avoid. One challenge is that the tools available to fisheries managers focus on solving problems within a watershed, but are not prepared to tackle future species-wide problems like climate change. The solution, White believes, is going back to basics and gaining a better understanding of brook trout ecology.