Peninsular Florida LCC Workshop
September 25 & 26, 2012
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
7:30 Registration and coffee
8:00 Welcome, key points about objectives of these two days, what it is and what it isn’t
8:15 The Vision – Where is FWS Headed with This and Why
8:30 A Conservation Conversation
9:00 Evolving to Meet the Challenges –Landscape-scale Conservation and the Role of Selecting Species
10:00 Working Example: Are We Getting as Much as We Can Out of our Current Conservation Management Efforts?
11:00 Concepts Behind Selecting Species
11:45 Lunch On-Site (Pre-register for box lunch $10.00 or
12:30 Insights and Consternations:
1:00 - 5:00 Draft Technical Guidance on Selecting Species for Design of Landscape-scale Conservation
1:00 Providing Feedback on the Draft Technical Guidance
1:15 Steps 1-3: Objectives, Scale, and Determining Which Species
Step 2: Identify geographic scale.
Step 3: Determine which species to consider in the identified landscape.
2:45 Steps 4 - 7: Criteria for Establishing Surrogates, Which Species Require Special Attention, and Population Objectives
Step 5: Establish surrogate species.
Step 7: Identify population objectives.
3:45 Steps 8 - 10: Addressing Logic and Consistency, Knowledge Gaps and Uncertainties, and the Critical Need to State Assumptions Clearly to Drive Monitoring and Research Needs
Step 8: Test for logic and consistency.
Step 10: Monitor the effectiveness of the approach
4:45 Summary of Day 1 and
Wednesday, September 26
8:00 Introduction to Morning Session on Existing Efforts to Select Species and Set Conservation Targets
10:30 Break-out Groups for Discussion
11:30 Report Back and Panel Discussion
12:15 Lunch On-Site (Pre-register for box lunch $10.00 or bring your own)
1:00 Any Key Points from Lunch Discussions and Introduction to Afternoon Session
1:30 Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative
3:00 Next Steps and Continuing the Conversation and Engagement
3:45 Closing Thoughts: Questions, Comments, Feedback from Participants/Evaluation Summary
Charlie Pelizza, project leader for the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex, previews what he’ll tell his staff about surrogate species.
Eric Sutton, director of the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, talks about his expectations going into the workshop, and his parting thoughts at the end.
Kevin Godsea, project leader for the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex, says the workshop helped him understand the reasons behind the surrogate species effort.
Steve Traxler, interim science coordinator for the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative and a senior biologist in the Ecological Services Office in Vero Beach, FL, talks about the value of the datasets already available in Florida, and the links between surrogate species, Strategic Habitat Conservation and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.
Thomas Eason, deputy director of the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, uses index funds on the stock market as an analogy to explain surrogate species.
Last updated: December 3, 2012