Wildlife Management Institute

Strategic Plan Launched for Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC) Network
Monday, 17 November 2014 11:14

Image of Edwards Plateau, Credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Flickr

The vision of the Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Network is to conserve landscapes capable of sustaining natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. To move the LCC Network’s vision forward, a strategic plan was released in late October. The plan was developed over the past six months with input from across the 22 LCCs including states, provinces, tribes, federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, and others.

WMI Landscapes: Northeast Lake and Pond Classification
Monday, 17 November 2014 10:54

Image of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, Credit: Don Kasak, Flickr

Through funding from the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NALCC), The Nature Conservancy has completed the Lakes and Ponds Classification System, an addition to the Northeastern Aquatic Habitat Classification System (NAHCS). This mapped classification of lakes and ponds is based on variables that structure lacustrine natural communities and that can be mapped consistently across Northeastern United States.

Conservation Briefs
Monday, 17 November 2014 09:52

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:

Colorado State University Wildlife Management Short Course Scheduled for March
Monday, 17 November 2014 09:48

From March 23 to 27, 2015, the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University is running its annual Wildlife Management Short Course on the campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. This popular course was developed for laypersons and agency personnel with non-wildlife training. A number of agencies have sent administrators, commissioners, planners, information and environmental education personnel, legislators, and other staff to this course to obtain a broad exposure to wildlife conservation, management and issues. Citizen conservation organizations have also sent staff members.

CRP Enrollment Declines Linked to High Commodity Prices
Monday, 17 November 2014 11:11

According to research from Purdue University, enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has been steadily declining since 2007. One of the primary drivers of this are the high commodity prices through last year that encourage farmers to plant or rent their agricultural lands, reports the Wildlife Management Institute.

David Widmar, a research associate at Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics, found that the number of acres in CRP fell by nearly 10 million acres between 2007 and 2013. He reported that North Dakota’s enrollment dropped by 47 percent (1.6 million acres) during that period with Montana close behind at 43 percent (1.4 million acres).

International Sage-Grouse Forum Held in Salt Lake
Monday, 17 November 2014 11:03

Image of Greater Sage-Grouse, Credit: USFWS, Pacific Region, Flickr

An International Sage-Grouse Forum sponsored by the Jack H. Berryman Institute for Wildlife Damage Management at Utah State University (USU), state and federal management ‎agencies, and industry was held in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 13 and 14. The forum, conducted under the auspices of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), drew over 350 state, federal and local government officials; private landowners; industry representatives; conservation group members; and faculty and staff from numerous universities. The forum was organized by Dr. Terry Messmer, Director of the Berryman Institute, who told the Wildlife Management Institute that in addition to the people in Salt Lake, more than 200 others across the 11 state range of greater sage-grouse participated in the forum via video-conference.

Cooperative Research Unit Corner: Bat Colony Social Patterns on Defense Lands
Monday, 17 November 2014 09:41

image of USGS Cooperative Research Units logoImage of bat research, Credit: Alexander Silvis, Virginia Tech

Bat conservation and management is a tricky business. Hard to catch, count and track, most species’ life history aspects, including those “relatively” well studied such as the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), remain a mystery. For land managers in the eastern United States tasked with a myriad of stewardship responsibilities and multiple-use outputs, finding the right strategies to balance resource management needs with the needs of forest-roosting bats has been difficult. Often, the mere presence of Indiana bats or the discovery of a tree or snag hosting a maternity colony in the summer has meant substantial project modification, curtailment or abandonment to avoid direct take, especially on state and federal lands. The Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center and the resource managers at Fort Knox, are working together to address questions about bats’ resiliency to roost-loss. Specifically, they are looking to determine if combining knowledge about forest stand dynamics and the fission-fusion social strategy could be useful for developing novel and proactive ways to manage bats.