Strategic Habitat Conservation
Southeast Region

Gulf Coast Plains and Ozarks South LCC Workshop

October 24 and 25, 2012

Agenda and Presentations

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Needs Statement:

The conservation community must continue to evolve and work closely to meet today’s threats to the nation’s natural resources. If we don’t move aggressively to determine the conservation landscape of the future, it will be determined for us. As part of this process the Service has developed Draft Technical Guidance on Selecting Species for Design of Landscape-scale Conservation and is seeking feedback on this draft guidance.

Objectives:

  • Review the Service’s business model (Strategic Habitat Conservation) for achieving our mission in the 21st Century
  • Introduce and solicit feedback on the Service Draft Technical Guidance on Selecting Species for Design of Landscape –scale Conservation
  • Engage conservation partners to facilitate discussions, coordination, and implementation

By the end of the two-day workshop, participants should have:

1. A clear understanding of the Service’s business model and the rationale (purpose and need) of selecting species for design of landscape-scale conservation;
2. A working knowledge of the essential portions of the Draft Technical Guidance on Selecting Species for Design of Landscape-scale Conservation, and how to provide informed feedback on the Draft Technical Guidance.
3. Ample opportunity to share respective approaches for achieving landscape-scale conservation;

 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

7:30-8:30 Registration

8:30 Welcome, key points about objectives of these two days, what it is and what it isn’t
Moderator: Dean Demarest, Supervisory Wildlife Biologist, Migratory Birds, USFWS, Atlanta, GA

8:45 The Vision – Where is FWS Headed with Surrogate Species and Why
Mark Musaus, Deputy Regional Director, Southeast Region, USFWS, Atlanta, GA

9:00 A Conservation Conversation
Mark Musaus, Deputy Regional Director, Southeast Region, USFWS, Atlanta, GA
Kenny Ribbeck, Chief, Wildlife Division, Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, Baton Rouge, LA
Phil Turnipseed, Director, National Wetlands Research Center, USGS, Lafayette, LA

9:30 Break

9:45 Historical Role of Conservation and the Role of Selecting Species for Landscape-scale Conservation
Bill Uihlein, Assistant Regional Director, Science Applications, USFWS, Atlanta, GA

10:15 Strategic Habitat Conservation Overview
Dean Demarest, Supervisory Wildlife Biologist, Migratory Birds, USFWS, Atlanta, GA

10:45 Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Greg Wathen, Coordinator, Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Nashville, TN

12:00 Catered Lunch

1:00 Selecting Species as Drivers for Landscape-scale Conservation - Key Concepts
John Tirpak, Science Coordinator, Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative, USFWS, Lafayette, LA

1:30 USFWS Regional Efforts of Selecting Species
Keith McKnight, Coordinator, Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture, Tyler, TX

2:00 Working Example: Tennessee NWR Conservation Planning and Implementation
Barron Crawford, Project Leader, Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, USFWS, Paris, TN

2:30 Break

3:00 Draft Technical Guidance on Selecting Species for Design of Landscape-scale Conservation
Bill Uihlein, Assistant Regional Director, Science Applications, USFWS, Atlanta, GA

3:30 Facilitated discussion related to the Draft Technical Guidance
Steve Brock, Partnership Coordinator, Lower Mississippi Valley JV, USFWS, Ridgeland, MS

Adjourn for the Day

 

Wednesday, October 3

8:00 General Refresher/Overview from Yesterday’s Discussions
Moderator: Janet Ertel, Deputy Chief, Inventory & Monitoring, R4 NWRS, Starkville, MS

8:15 Overview of the Draft Technical Guidance on Selecting Species for Design of Landscape-scale Conservation – Field Examples and Discussion
Keith McKnight, Coordinator, Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture, Tyler, TX

Steps 1 - 3

Small break (10 minutes)

Steps 4 - 7

Small break (10 minutes)

Steps 8 - 10

Field Examples: Alligator Gar work on St. Catherine’s Creeks NWR
Glenn Constant, Project Leader, Baton Rouge Fish & Wildlife Office, Baton Rouge, LA

Field Example: Waterfowl in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley
Bob Strader, Project Leader, Lower Mississippi River Refuge Complex, USFWS, Natchez, MS

12:15 Catered Lunch

1:15 Continued Group Discussion of each of the steps
Keith McKnight, Coordinator, Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture, Tyler, TX

2:15 Break

2:30 Providing Feedback on the Draft Technical Guidance
Bill Uihlein, Assistant Regional Director, Science Applications, USFWS, Atlanta, GA

3:30 Next Steps and Continuing the Conversation and Engagement
Mark Musaus, Deputy Regional Director, Southeast Region, USFWS, Atlanta, GA

4:00 Closing thoughts: questions, comments, feedback from participants, adjourn

 

In Your Words: Videos Featuring Thoughts from Attendees

 

Patty Kelly, a fish and wildlife biologist in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ecological Services’ Panama City, FL Field Office, talks about the conservation benefits of using the surrogate species approach.

 

Kevin Moody, an infrastructure ecologist with the Federal Highway Administration in Atlanta, GA, talks about how the surrogate species approach can be used as a way to measure conservation success.

 

Bill Uihlein, Assistant Regional Director for Science Applications in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region, explains why the Service is pursuing a surrogate species approach as part of Strategic Habitat Conservation.

 

 

List of Participants

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Pre- and Post-Assessment Results

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View of the building where the workshop was held
The workshop was held at the National Marine Fisheries Service Building in Lafayette, LA. Photo: Stacy Shelton, USFWS.


Attendees listening at the workshop
Tom Dailey, left, from the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, and Scott Edwards, State Resource Conservationist in Louisiana for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, listen to a presentation at the workshop. Photo: Stacy Shelton, USFWS.


Bill Pierson's face
Bill Pearson, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service project leader and supervisor of the Ecological Services’ Alabama Field Office was one of nearly 50 participants at the Strategic Habitat Conservation workship in Lafayette, LA on Oct. 24 and 25. Photo: Stacy Shelton, USFWS.


Two women and a man stand talking
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Debbie Fuller with the Ecological Services’ Louisiana Field Office in Lafayette, left, and James Harris, biologist for the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges, speak during a break. Photo: Stacy Shelton, USFWS.


Mark Musaus speaks at a podium
Mark Musaus, Deputy Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southeast Region, was one of the presenters at the Lafayette workshop. Photo: Stacy Shelton, USFWS.

 

Last updated: December 3, 2012