Gulf Coast Plains and Ozarks North LCC Workshop
October 2 and 3, 2012
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
8:30 Welcome, key points about objectives of these two days, what it is and what it isn’t
8:45 The Vision – Where is FWS Headed with Surrogate Species and Why
9:00 A Conservation Conversation
10:00 Historical Role of Conservation and the Role of Selecting Species for Landscape-scale Conservation
10:30 Strategic Habitat Conservation Overview
11:00 Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative
12:30 Selecting Species as Drivers for Landscape-scale Conservation - Key Concepts
1:15 USFWS Regional Efforts of Selecting Species
1:45 Working Example: Tennessee NWR Conservation Planning and Implementation
2:30 Draft Technical Guidance on Selecting Species for Design of Landscape-scale Conservation
3:00 Facilitated discussion related to purpose of the Draft Technical Guidance and the use of species as focal points for landscape-scale conservation design
Adjourn for the Day
Wednesday, October 3
8:00 General Refresher/Overview from Yesterday’s Discussions
8:15 Overview of the Draft Technical Guidance on Selecting Species for Design of Landscape-scale Conservation – Field Examples and Discussion
Step 2: Identify geographic scale.
Small break (10 minutes)
Step 5: Establish surrogate species.
Step 7: Identify population objectives.
Small break (10 minutes)
Step 8: Test for logic and consistency.
Field Examples: Alligator Gar work on St. Catherine’s Creeks NWR
Field Example: Migratory Bird example
Questions and Discussion
12:15 Catered Lunch
1:15 Group Discussion on the Draft Technical Guidance - Continued
2:30 Providing Feedback on the Draft Technical Guidance
3:30 Next Steps and Continuing the Conversation and Engagement
4:00 Closing thoughts: questions, comments, feedback from participants, adjourn
Randy Wilson, the wildlife biologist & supervisor in the Service's Mississippi Migratory Bird Office, shares some concerns about capacity needs once species are selected next year, and his perspective that conserving the right habitat in the right places to benefit sustainable fish and wildlife populations is one big reason why we will select surrogate species.
Steve Reagan, the Service's project leader at Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge near Starkville, Mississippi, shares his thoughts about this process.
Paul Schmidt, Ducks Unlimited's chief conservation officer, shares his thinking about how important selecting surrogate species is and shares an example why here.
Last updated: December 3, 2012