Wildlife Management Institute

FWS Removes New England Cottontail as Candidate for Endangered Species List
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 08:01

image of New England Cottontail, Credit: Chuck Fergus

On Friday, September 11, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the New England cottontail does not need to be placed on the federal endangered species list because its numbers are rising and its habitat is increasing thanks to “epic collaboration” among conservation partners. Those partners include states, the federal government, scientists, private landowners, companies, land trusts, municipalities, tribal members and NGOs. The Wildlife Management Institute helped coordinate conservation efforts and administered grants for young forest restoration in the region.

Conservation Briefs
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 07:34

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:

CRU Corner: Horseshoe Crab Harvest and Red Knot Conservation
Monday, 14 September 2015 09:32

image of USGS Cooperative Research Units logoImage of Red Knots, Credit: USGSSince 2010, the US Geological Survey (USGS) Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, with expertise in shorebird ecology and structured decision making/adaptive management, has been supporting state and federal efforts to manage horseshoe crab harvest in a sustainable manner. The unit has developed predictive models that link red knot populations to horseshoe crabs, formalizing and quantifying the hypothesized relationship.

WMI Landscapes: Great Plains LCC Focuses on Playa Conservation
Monday, 14 September 2015 10:56

image of wetland in Nebraska's Rainwater Basin region, Credit: USFWS Mountain-Prairie, FlickrA team led by Dr. Zhenghong Tang with the University of Nebraska – Lincoln recently completed a 2-year project for the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GP LCC) designed to improve understanding of the status and function of playas in the Rainwater Basin of south central Nebraska. The project compared predicted location of playas based on hydric soil maps, the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) and LiDAR-derived digital elevation models with actual inundated areas in the spring from 2004 to 2012. Although each method has limitations, all three confirm that landscape scale hydrologic changes associated with conversion of prairie to croplands have adversely affected playas. Results will allow GP LCC partners to identify and prioritize areas for playa conservation and restoration more effectively.

USDA Announces State Public Access and Habitat Incentive Grants
Monday, 14 September 2015 10:47

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that it will invest $20 million to partner with 15 state fish and wildlife agencies under the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP), according to the Wildlife Management Institute. The grants, funded through the Farm Bill, support state agency efforts to improve and increase wildlife habitat and public access for hunting, fishing and other recreational opportunities on privately-owned lands.

“Our partnerships with state governments will help them work with interested landowners to enhance hunting and fishing and other wildlife-dependent recreation, to enhance wildlife habitat, and to protect wildlife species and encourage new opportunities for local businesses,” said USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack. “These projects are excellent examples of USDA’s successful efforts to connect public and private partners for long-term conservation gains that benefit sportsmen, wildlife, private land owners, and the public.”