2006 Traditional S6 Grant
Restoration and Management of Rare Habitats
Project Title: Restoration and Management of Rare Habitats
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PROGRAM FUNDING: Section 6
Rare habitats are the homes of rare plants and animals. Nature Preserves contain some of the last remaining, intact, high quality, minimally disrupted savanna, wetland, forest and
prairie communities in Indiana. Habitat management, mainly to restore native forest or grasslands or control plant succession and invasion of woody vegetation or exotic plants,
statewide inventory. They became conservation priorities for acquisition because of the
high quality of the habitats and the concentrations of rare species associated with the
habitats. Once acquired, they were dedicated as state nature preserves. Under Indiana
is needed to maintain the character, quality, and ability of these unique communities to sustain their associated native wildlife species of conservation concern.
The properties addressed by this grant contain the best remaining examples of these
natural habitats (Table 1) in Indiana. They were discovered as part of a systematic,
Code 14-31, an area that retains or reestablishes natural character and has unusual flora or
fauna or biotic, geological, scenic or paleontological features of scientific or educational
value can be dedicated as a state nature preserve.
The total acreage of nature preserves addressed by this grant is 5,506 (Table 1).
According to the natural heritage database, a total of 28 listed vertebrate animals, 64
listed invertebrates and 102 listed plants are found on nature preserves. A total of 274
occurrences of these species, including one 1 federal listed, 3 federal threatened, 9 federal
candidate, 72 state endangered, 5,6 state threatened, 1,13 state rare and 20 state special
concern have been recorded in the natural heritage database to date.
The Department of Natural Resources owns all the preserves in the attached list. These
management activities will, collectively, preserve these areas for the intended purpose,
conservation in perpetuity. Activities conducted under this grant more resemble
maintenance than construction or development, and are critical to the conservation of native wildlife species of conservation concern.
This grant addresses the need for a mechanism to quickly respond to habitat management opportunities, such as invasive species control, planting or plant control, depending on
habitat need, the nature of the habitat threat being addressed and weather/climate conditions. Work covered by this grant could occur at any of the locations specified in Table 1.
Perform habitat restoration and management over a two year period, on a total of 300
acres of specialized natural habitats that support listed plants and animals, located on
Division of Nature Preserves owned lands. The precise location of these activities is
dependant on weather, invasive species problems and the needs of the natural areas. The
number of acres impacted by these specific practices is shown below. (See Table in PDF)
Grant supported restoration and management of these rare habitats will allow the
character and quality of the habitats to be restored or maintained. Therefore, these sites
will continue be able to support the species of concern associated with these rare high
Habitat management activities will include plant control, invasives removal,
reforestation, and barrens planting. Plant control includes managing succession by
mowing, bushhogging, and hand cutting and herbicide application. Invasives removal
includes hand pulling and herbiciding. Reforestation will be planting appropriate tree
species and barrens planting will be planting grasses and herbs for barrens restoration.
The sites selected for work funded by this grant will be selected by regional ecologists, based on the most pressing management needs. For example, a site may have a patch of
the invasive, garlic mustard, which is encroaching on a rare plant population. Controlling
the garlic would become an immediate priority. Regional ecologists will make these
decisions based on their professional knowledge of the preserves they manage the rare
species populations present and the threats to the species and habitats. The "Acres
impacted by management activities by project year" table in the Objective section defines
the quantity of work to be accomplished through this grant.
Any application of herbicide associated with this project will involve the use of target
species and application rates specified by the product label. All herbicide will be applied
by properly licensed and certified applicators.
The activities conducted under this grant, mowing, bush hogging, hand pulling invasive
species and the use of herbicide as outlined in the approach section are consistent with National Environmental Protection Act categorical exclusion 1.4B 2 and 3, and these
exclusions will apply. The Indiana Natural Heritage database will be used to screen for
the presence of at risk species.
Cloyce Hedge, DNP, Project Manager
402 West Washington, RM W 267
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Project Budget: see PDF