Wildlife Management Institute

Montana Adopts Sage Grouse Conservation Strategy
Monday, 15 September 2014 09:22

image of Sage Grouse, Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Flickr

On September 9, Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed an executive order creating the Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team (MSGOT) and the Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program (MSGHCP), reports the Wildlife Management Institute. The executive order implements a conservation strategy developed over the previous two years by the governor’s Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Advisory Council. The strategy and executive order provide guidance on land use, infrastructure siting, energy development, fire management hunting and predator control in sage grouse core areas and general habitat. The primary goal of the strategy and MSGHCP is to maintain and enhance sage grouse habitat and populations across Montana. In combination with similar conservation plans adopted or in development by other western states, the MSGHCP is also intended to preclude the need to list sage grouse as a threatened or endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will make a final decision on whether or not to list sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act by September 30, 2015.

Workshop Brings Together Landscape Conservation Community at a Critical Time
Monday, 15 September 2014 08:58

image of National Workshop for Large Landscape Conservation Logo

There is a lot of momentum building for collaborative conservation of large landscapes. The Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) Network will release their strategic plan next month and is making significant progress in bringing together partners, establishing shared conservation goals, and providing managers with landscape-scale tools to help them be more effective. The U.S. Department of the Interior is embracing resiliency and adaptation planning for a changing America at unprecedented scales. All of this and much more will be featured at the National Workshop for Large Landscape Conservation (NWLLC) to be held October 23-24 in Washington D.C.

Conservation Briefs
Monday, 15 September 2014 08:37

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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WMI to Coordinate Comprehensive Review and Evaluation of the Red Wolf Recovery Program
Monday, 15 September 2014 09:14

image of Red Wolf, Credit: ucumari / Valerie, Flickr

The red wolf (Canis rufus) is one of the most endangered mammals on the planet. Once ranging from Texas to Florida to Pennsylvania, it was relegated to a remnant population in coastal eastern Texas and western Louisiana. In the middle of the last century, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) determined that the fragmented population was threatened with loss due to hybridization with coyotes. The remaining red wolves were captured and brought into captivity – rendering them extinct in the wild. In the early 1980s, efforts were made to restore populations of red wolves in the Smoky Mountains and in eastern North Carolina. As with any restoration program involving apex predators, this one has faced challenges and criticism almost since the beginning. Thirty years later, the Wildlife Management Institute, under contract with the FWS, will be conducting a close examination of the program to determine lessons learned, successes and failures, and how to improve the process of restoring a controversial species to the landscape.

WMI Landscapes - Appalachian LCC Releases Riparian Restoration Support Tool
Monday, 15 September 2014 08:51

image of Riparian Restoration Support Tool interface

An innovative riparian planting and restoration decision support tool, funded by the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative, is now available to the conservation community. This user-friendly tool allows managers and decision-makers to rapidly identify and prioritize areas along the banks of rivers, streams and lakes for restoration, making these ecosystems more resilient to disturbance and future changes in climate. It will also help the conservation community invest limited conservation dollars wisely, helping to deliver sustainable resources.

Job Opportunities
Monday, 15 September 2014 08:31

Periodically the Outdoor News Bulletin will include job opportunities for projects that the Wildlife Management Institute is coordinating or supporting.

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