Management Treatment Prioritization Process (MTPP)
Strategic conservation is based on the idea that every area of the landscape has a unique biological potential and management cost. In order to improve the efficiency with which we conserve habitats for waterfowl conservation, the HAPET conducted a Management Treatment Planning Process (MTPP).
The process is founded on the characteristics of landscapes that affect waterfowl productivity, and guidelines that underlie our major management treatments. These characteristics and guidelines are being continually scrutinized and MTPP products will periodically be updated.
Landscape characteristics used in this analysis include the settling density of upland nesting ducks (pair accessibility to upland nesting habitat), the amount of grass in the landscape (summarized for every potential breeding hen mallard home range), and proximity to semipermanent wetlands as brood habitat. Settling density is an important variable because it is an index to the potential number of breeding pairs we can effect with a treatment at a particular site – more pairs means greater cost effectiveness – and to the integrity of local wetland complexes.