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Lower Bourbeuse River Landowner Committee Celebrates Success
Midwest Region, May 5, 2010
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Lower Bourbeuse River Landowner Committee Front Row: Bob and Nicky Baker (landowners), Kenda Flores (MDC fish biologist) Back Row: Dorothea and Jim Koepke (landowners), Herman Merkel (landowner), Rob Pulliam (MDC fish biologist), C Dale Murphy (landowner) and Dave Dunn (landowner) (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Joanne Grady)
Lower Bourbeuse River Landowner Committee Front Row: Bob and Nicky Baker (landowners), Kenda Flores (MDC fish biologist) Back Row: Dorothea and Jim Koepke (landowners), Herman Merkel (landowner), Rob Pulliam (MDC fish biologist), C Dale Murphy (landowner) and Dave Dunn (landowner) (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Joanne Grady) - Photo Credit: n/a

The Lower Bourbeuse River Landowner Committee met in Sullivan, Missouri on May 5th with Joanne Grady of Columbia FWCO and Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC)biologists Kenda Flores and Rob Pulliam. The group convened for several reasons. First we celebrated the group's recent honor from the National Fish Habitat Action Plan Board. Bob and Nicky Baker represented the landowners in Washington, D.C. while they and Kenda accepted the Extraordinary Action in Support of Fish Habitat Conservation Award.

We gingerly passed the heavy glass award around the room while the Bakers told entertaining stories about their first adventure to the nation's capital. The camaraderie of this group was readily apparent as they've been working on restoring the Lower Bourbeuse watershed for almost ten years.

One of the primary goals of our meeting was to discuss with the group developing plans within the Service to map fish habitat and fish passage project locations and successes via the Internet. Joanne provided examples of potential data layers and photo options which could be used and answered their questions regarding privacy. The group is proud of the accomplishments made in their watershed and agrees that we need to show accountability for taxpayer dollars.

They had understandable concerns about privacy issues which Columbia FWCO has shared with the Regional team. A generalized map location for the watershed projects with data and photos not identified as belonging to a specific landowner seemed to met everyone's needs.

We also discussed ongoing farm projects occurring with 2009 NFHAP dollars over a barbecue luncheon. All four farm projects involve fencing cattle out of Bourbeuse River streams and will be completed this summer. These projects will continue to reduce erosion and improve water quality for listed mussel species.


Contact Info: Joanne Grady, 573-234-2132 x101, joanne_grady@fws.gov



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