Past Presidential Migratory Bird Federal Stewardship Award Recipients
The United State Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) Managing Raptor-Human Conflicts to Promote Safety and Migratory Bird Conservation project is this year’s recipient of the Presidential Migratory Bird Federal Stewardship Award.
USDA-APHIS conducted a national program with the goal of reducing human-wildlife conflicts associated with raptors including many species of conservation concern (Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus), and Ferruginous Hawks (Buteo regalis) during 2004−2013.
The Department of Defense (DoD) is this year’s recipient of the Presidential Migratory Bird Federal Stewardship Award. The award, presented at the Environment for the Americas International Migratory Bird Day event at the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C., recognizes DoDs multi-year Migratory Linkages of Burrowing Owls on Department of Defense Installations and Adjacent Lands project.
The Presidential Migratory Bird Stewardship Award annually recognizes a single project or action conducted by or in partnership with a Federal agency that meets the intent and spirit of the Executive Order 13186 (Responsibilities of Federal Agencies to Protect Migratory Birds) by focusing on migratory bird conservation. The project or action may involve reducing existing or potential adverse impacts to migratory birds and their habitats, restoring or enhancing migratory bird habitat, and incorporating conservation of migratory birds and their habitat into agency plans, guidance, or other activities. The action demonstrates leadership in inspiring others to further migratory bird conservation. This can include developing and implementing best-management practices, a policy action, or research.
See http://www.denix.osd.mil/nr/upload/2009-DoD-project-factsheet_3.pdf for more information about the project.
Restore New Mexico is an ambitious partnership to restore grasslands, woodlandsand riparian areas to a healthy and productive condition. In 2005, the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management (BLM) launched the Restore New Mexico initiative with the goal of restoring disturbed lands on a landscape scale
A model for rangeland conservation in the western United States, the Restore program has treated more than 1.8 million acres of impaired habitat, starting the transition to healthy, ecological states. The BLM, along with its partners, is rapidly approaching the two millionth acre treated milestone.
The major goal of Restore New Mexico is to reduce existing invasive and noxious species and thus allow more desirable vegetative species to flourish. This, in turn, will benefit the watershed by stabilizing soil and ultimately increase forb, grass and favorable shrub production, resulting in increased and improved habitat for a variety of wildlife.
The Council received eight nominations in 2012 from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, US Forest Service, Department of Energy, National Marine Fisheries Service, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Environmental Protection Agency
2011 Presidential Migratory Bird Federal Stewardship Award
The first award was presented in 2011 to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement for their leadership in forming the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI). In 2004, the ARRI a local, regional, national, and international initiative was created. This initiative focuses on restoring forests where deforestation by surface coal mining has occurred, in areas which coincides largely within the Appalachian breeding range of neo-tropical migratory song birds, notably the Cerulean Warbler. Under ARRI’s initiative, 70 million trees on about 103,000 acres of mined land that might have otherwise been reclaimed to grasslands with little potential for returning to forest because of excessive compaction of the soil and competition with dense ground cover. The actions of ARRI are helping to build forests for neo-tropical migratory songbirds. See fact sheet
The Council received five nominations in 2011 from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, National Park Service, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, National Marine Fisheries Service, and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
February 13, 2015