Wildlife Management Institute

Wood Bison Reintroduction Contributes to Climate Change Adaptation
Friday, 15 May 2015 08:30

image of wood bison, Credit: Alaska Region U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Flickr

The reintroduction of Wood Bison to the Innoko River drainage in western Alaska has gotten a lot of coverage in the media in recent weeks. However, one aspect of this effort that has been absent from those stories is the role this species may play under future climate scenarios, reports the Wildlife Management Institute. Reintroducing Wood Bison could be an important element that enables rural, subsistence residents to buffer the impact of global climate changes on their local food resources.

WMI Landscapes: South Atlantic LCC Releases State of the South Atlantic Assessment
Friday, 15 May 2015 07:32

image of State of the South Atlantic report cover

The South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) released its first State of the South Atlantic assessment in March. The report measures the current condition of the Cooperative’s spatially explicit natural and cultural resource indicators and scores them on an A/B/C/D/F scale in the style of a report card. It serves as a snapshot in time capturing the integrity of the South Atlantic region’s lands and waters, setting a baseline for future assessments so the conservation community can track trends and identify the impacts of on-the-ground actions. The assessment breaks down grades by ecosystem and subregion and even provides an estimate of confidence in each score.

Conservation Briefs
Friday, 15 May 2015 07:44

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:

Input Invited for the 81st (2016) North American Conference
Thursday, 14 May 2015 12:25

The 81st North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference will be held March 13-18, 2016, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 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.

2015 North American Deer Summit
Friday, 15 May 2015 08:14

image of white-tailed deer, Credit: Shane Kemp, Flickr

Establishing specific strategies, timelines, and measurable goals for the recently created National Deer Alliance (NDA) was the focus of the second annual North American Deer Summit, according to the Wildlife Management Institute. The Summit, held May 6-8, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky, brought together biologists, managers, researchers, non-profit conservation organizations, hunters, and others with an interest in our endemic deer species. Participants worked collaboratively to flesh out the NDA’s mission of ensuring the future of North America’s wild deer, wildlife habitat, and our hunting heritage.

USDA Announces New Round of RCPP Funding
Friday, 15 May 2015 07:15

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that a second round of funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is now open for application, according to the Wildlife Management Institute. The RCPP was created in the 2014 Farm Bill and was first implemented during the 2014-15 federal funding cycle. During that first round, 115 projects were funded in all 50 states with a total of $394 million in federal funds.

Request for Proposals for White-Nose Syndrome Small Grants Program
Thursday, 14 May 2015 12:28

image of little brown bat affected by white nose syndrome, Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast RegionThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) on May 12 soliciting grant proposals that address research and communications needs for White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). WNS is a fungal disease affecting hibernating bats, often with significant mortality; WNS or evidence of the fungus that causes WNS has been reported in 28 states and five Canadian provinces. The FWS has targeted $250,000 in available grant funds for non-federal agencies to support the priority needs outlined in the White-Nose Syndrome National Plan. The Wildlife Management Institute administers the WNS Small Grants program on behalf of the FWS.

CRU Corner: Paddlefish Stock Assessments Drive Regulation Changes in Tennessee
Thursday, 14 May 2015 12:12

image of USGS Cooperative Research Units logoimage of biologists conducting paddlefish research, Photo Credit: Eric Ganus, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

In 2001, the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Scientific Authority (DSA) asked scientists at the US Geological Survey’s Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit to perform a stock assessment of paddlefish in Tennessee waters. A lucrative trade in the overseas export of paddlefish caviar was developing and the DSA, tasked with ensuring that species listed under international conventions are fished in a sustainable manner, was concerned over the dramatic increase in the amount of Tennessee paddlefish caviar being exported. The research documented the declining paddlefish populations in the state resulting in new fisheries management regulations that were recently approved by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission.