Wildlife Management Institute

Court Overturns Wolverine Listing Decision; Implications for Future ESA Decisions
Thursday, 14 April 2016 15:39

image of Wolverine, Credit: guppiecat, Flickr

On April 4, 2016 U. S. District Court Judge Dana Christiansen vacated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) withdrawal of the proposed listing of wolverine as a threatened species, reports the Wildlife Management Institute. The ruling has a number of significant implications to broader application of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Southeast At-Risk Species (SEARS) Program 2016 Round of Funding Complete
Thursday, 14 April 2016 15:08

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) recently announced the projects that would be funded through the first year of funding for the Southeast At-Risk Species (SEARS) Program. SEAFWA states are working together through the SEARS program because the issues facing many at-risk species cannot be meaningfully addressed by individual states. Initial projects will focus on targeting information gaps and developing information synthesis/analyses.

Call for Special Sessions for 2017 Conference
Thursday, 14 April 2016 14:27

The 82nd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference will be held at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington, on March 4-11, 2017. The Conference Steering Committee is seeking ideas and participation from professional conservation interests to help develop the conference agenda. In particular, recommendations for topics, potential co-chairs and presenters for four Special Sessions are invited. Ideas for prospective plenary keynote speakers are also welcome.

Conservation Briefs
Thursday, 14 April 2016 14:11

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.

This Month:

Nomsen Presented Grinnell Award at North American
Thursday, 14 April 2016 14:57

image of Steve Williams (right) presenting David Nomsen with the Grinnell Award, Credit: Dave Windsor

David Nomsen, Pheasant’s Forever’s current South Dakota regional office Director, was awarded the Wildlife Management Institute’s (WMI) 2016 George Bird Grinnell Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to Natural Resource Conservation. The award was conferred last month during the annual Conservation Administrators Luncheon at the 81st North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

WMI Landscapes: Appalachian LCC Provides Climate Vulnerability Assessments
Thursday, 14 April 2016 14:34

image of Red Creek in Monongahela National Forest, Credit: Jason Pratt, Flickr

The Appalachian LCC (AppLCC) has made new climate change vulnerability assessments for 41 species and three habitats in the Appalachians available online, according to the Wildlife Management Institute. Assembled by NatureServe working under an AppLCC grant, the detailed dataset can be filtered by state, region, taxa, and ecological system.

CRU Corner: VA Coop Unit Evaluates How and When Watersheds Regulate Flooding
Thursday, 14 April 2016 13:02

image of USGS Cooperative Research Units logoimage of Hughes River, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, Credit: USGS

The USGS Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit recently examined the landscape processes that influence river flooding to better understand the circumstances under which watersheds regulate flooding, as well as the prospects for managing floods by manipulating landscape structure. Led by Beatriz (Tiz) Mogollón, in collaboration with Drs. Paul Angermeier, Emmanuel Frimpong, and Amy Villamagna (all in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech University), the analysis focused on approximately 30 watersheds distributed across Virginia and North Carolina, each with long-term (at least 20 years) records of river flow. The three separate studies will all be published this year.