Wildlife Management Institute

WMI Landscapes: Partners in the Pacific Northwest Develop Beaver Restoration Guidebook
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 09:26

Image of Beaver, Photo Credit: Larry Smith, Flickr

Centuries ago, the largest rodent in North America, the beaver, was extirpated throughout most of its range due to trapping for its highly sought after fur. Today, after years of efforts to reintroduce the beaver to extirpated areas, some consider this critter quite a nuisance while others understand the conservation benefits that beaver have to offer. The North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative recently released a comprehensive guidebook to provide detailed information about beaver ecology, recommendations for watershed restoration and management through beavers, and options for mitigating the unwanted impacts of beavers.

Funding Available for Wetland Partnership Projects
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 13:35

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that it is making $17.5 million in financial and technical assistance available for protection, restoration and enhancement of critical wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands, according to the Wildlife Management Institute. The funding will be provided through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership which is part of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program created in the 2014 Farm Bill.

Conservation Briefs
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 13:21

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.

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Range Wide Wolverine Survey Moving Forward
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 09:36

Image of Wolverine, Credit: Maia C, Flickr

The Wildlife Management Institute facilitated a recent workshop to finalize the protocol for the first ever range wide survey designed to estimate occupancy of wolverines in the Lower 48 states. Participants in the meeting included wildlife agency staff from Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Wyoming along with the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Center and the National Forest system, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe (CSKT), Wolverine Foundation, Round River Conservation Studies, University of Montana, Colorado State University and the Woodland Park Zoo. Results of the survey discussed at the meeting will be used to prioritize efforts to maintain connectivity between occupied areas, to inform decisions about ways to restock suitable but currently unoccupied habitat in these and other western states, and as a statistically robust baseline to compare with future survey efforts.

CRU Corner: Cerulean Warbler Habitat Management
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 13:03

image of USGS Cooperative Research Units logoImage of a banded male cerulean warbler with a recent shelterwood harvest in the background. Photo by Greg George.

The Appalachian Region is known for its extensive tracts of mature hardwood forest and high biodiversity, including that of songbirds. The region is a stronghold for the cerulean warbler, containing about 75 percent of the population. The USGS West Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, in collaboration with the Cerulean Warbler Technical Group, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture (AMJV), and researchers and managers from universities, state agencies, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and private landowners in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, recently completed a six-year study with the objective of identifying forest management techniques that can enhance cerulean warbler habitat.