Wildlife Management Institute

New York to Create Young Forest on State WMAs
Monday, 16 May 2016 10:23

image of clearcut at Partridge Run WMA. Photo Credit: Karl Parker, NYSDEC (top photo) & Beth Cooper, NYSDEC (bottom photo).

New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced plans to manage at least 10 percent of forested stands on 90 of the agency’s 125 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) as young forest. Over the next ten years, DEC will use timber harvests and other management techniques to create young forest on approximately 12,000 of the 120,000 wooded acres on WMAs statewide; those acres do not include areas of shrubland, which will be managed separately. DEC plans to maintain 10 percent of all WMA woodlands as young forest in perpetuity.

Selective CRP Enrollment Adds 800,000 Acres to Program
Monday, 16 May 2016 10:08

Over 800,000 acres were enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) during the most recent general sign-up period. This was the 49th general enrollment opportunity for the Program and one of the most selective in the 30-year history of CRP, according to the Wildlife Management Institute.

Conservation Briefs
Monday, 16 May 2016 09:34

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. Each story includes links to online resources for more details on each topic.

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Southeast States Launch Bear Safety Education Effort
Monday, 16 May 2016 10:15

image of den site for a sow and four yearling black bears radio collared in Asheville, NC. Vehicles on the Blue Ridge Parkway pass by within 20 meters of the tree. Credit: Chris Smith.

Eleven members of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ (SEAFWA) Large Carnivore Working Group (LCWG) recently met in Asheville, North Carolina with Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) staff to launch a regional “BearWise” program aimed at reducing human-bear conflict. “BearWise” is being developed in response to the increasing frequency of encounters in southeastern states where both the human and black bear populations are growing. The program will use a website and other materials, developed by WMI using messages provided by the LCWG, as means to inform people about bears and ways to coexist safely.

CRU Corner: California Unit Uses Environmental DNA (eDNA) to Monitor Endangered Fish
Friday, 13 May 2016 11:30

image of USGS Cooperative Research Units logoimage of California Tidewater Goby. Credit: USGS California Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research UnitIn collaboration with the California Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, geneticist Andrew Kinziger and graduate students at Humboldt State University set out to determine whether environmental DNA (eDNA) methods provide improved sensitivity to detect rare and endangered species in comparison with traditional monitoring techniques. Their research, which was recently published online in the journal Molecular Ecology Resources, revealed that eDNA approaches used to detect the federally endangered tidewater goby along the northern California coast had almost twice the sensitivity of traditional monitoring methods.