Wildlife Management Institute

WMI Landscapes: Alaska LCCs Help Communities Adapt to Climate Change Impacts
Friday, 14 August 2015 12:18

image of Kivalina, Alaska, Credit: Shore Zone, FlickrA recent national news program posed the question, “Will the residents of Kivalina, Alaska be the first climate change refugees in the U.S.?” The Inupiat Eskimo village on the west coast of Alaska is one of many communities facing challenges due to sea level rise and rapidly warming temperatures in the Arctic. Coping with these challenges can be difficult for remote villages that may not understand the potential threats they face. Three Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) recently initiated a project to help the residents of Kivalina, and hundreds of other coastal communities in western Alaska, adapt and become more resilient to climate change.

NALCC Releases Request for Proposals to Support Floodplain and Rare Plants Conservation
Thursday, 13 August 2015 11:07

The North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NALCC) is a coordinated network of natural resource managers and partners in the Northeast Region. The NALCC Priority Science Program invests in landscape conservation by leveraging the regional expertise and funding resources to best understand and protect the natural resources shared across the region. The NALCC has announced a request for proposals for research to support two priority topics – floodplain assessment and rare plant conservation.

Conservation Briefs
Thursday, 13 August 2015 10:23

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. The stories include links to online resources for more details on each topic.

This Month:

Boone and Crockett Club Publishes Journals of US Forest Service Chief
Thursday, 13 August 2015 10:02

image of Jack Ward Thomas journals trilogy

The Boone and Crockett Club recently published a trilogy of journals by Jack Ward Thomas, who served as chief of the U.S. Forest Service from 1993-96. Thomas’ memoirs offer a rare, real-time peek behind the curtain of conservation leadership during a turbulent period marked by conflicts over spotted owl habitat, old-growth timber and the deaths of 14 wildland firefighters in 1994.

USDA Accepting Applications for CRP-Grasslands Initiative
Thursday, 13 August 2015 10:11

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that beginning on September 1st, they will be accepting applications for working grasslands to be incorporated into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), according to the Wildlife Management Institute.

The CRP-Grasslands initiative will provide participants who establish and maintain cover crops with annual rental payments up to 75 percent of the grazing value of the land. Cost-share assistance will also be provided for up to 50 percent of the cost for cover establishment and other practices such as additional fencing to support rotational grazing.

Out of Africa - Perception, Conservation, and Lions
Friday, 14 August 2015 12:09

Image of Jon Gassett hunting in Africa

When I recently returned from a hunting trip in Africa, I was immediately confronted with the debate over the killing of a lion by an American citizen on safari in Zimbabwe. This debate has engendered unprecedented anger, hatred, and vitriol towards both the participants of the hunt and the hunting community at large. It has also propagated disinformation about regulated hunting in foreign countries. Participants have been threatened with arrests, requests for extradition, death threats, public shunning, and loss of livelihood. My own experience has demonstrated that these reactions are becoming more commonplace, particularly when they involve iconic species such as African lions, leopards, giraffes, elephants, bears, mountain lions, and other species.

CRU Corner: Estimating the Effect of Landscape Changes from Marcellus Natural Gas Development on Populations of Breeding Birds in the Appalachian Mountains
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:59

image of USGS Cooperative Research Units logoImage of interior forest adjacent to BBS route 72901 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania in 2008 (top) and 2010 (bottom). The 2010 photo shows a Marcellus natural gas line and several well pads being constructed. Source: USDA National Agriculture Imagery Program processed in Google Earth Pro.

The extraction of natural gas from shale formations in Appalachia has become a contentious political and environmental issue partially due to concerns over habitat loss and the fragmentation and degradation of wildlife habitat. However to date, no study has examined the effects of Marcellus shale gas development on avian populations. Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Penn State University are developing new models to evaluate the impacts of this development on bird populations in the region.