Inventory & Monitoring Branch
Southeast Region



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About the Southeast Region Inventory & Monitoring Branch

Our Purpose

The Southeast Region Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) Branch mission is to work collaboratively to assess the status of National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) lands, waters and biota and support achievement of conservation objectives at multiple spatial scales. We are specifically tasked to work closely with refuges, conservation partnerships such as Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, and other Service programs to address critical refuge information needs and evaluate effectiveness of conservation strategies on refuges.

Our primary purpose is to collect and synthesize information which supports management at multiple geographic scales and informs decisions at all organizational levels.


Our Roles

The I&M Branch is designed to provide the long-term data that NWRS needs to meet refuge purposes, fulfill the Refuge System’s legislated mission and mandates, support the Service’s landscape approach to conservation, and respond to climate change. The I&M Branch will document the status, assess condition, and detect changes of the NWRS’s fish, wildlife and plant communities; physical resources including water, air, and soils; and ecological processes to support science-based conservation planning and management at the local and other spatial scales.

The I&M Branch’s primary role within the Strategic Habitat Conservation framework will be monitoring the effects of management on populations and habitats on refuges with other partners across the landscape. The I&M Branch will also provide leadership in designing and implementing surveys to assess the current state of populations and identify limiting factors.

The I&M Branch will coordinate closely with Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) to help focus on evaluation of landscape-scale conservation delivery, providing and managing data on species occurrence on refuges, quantifying impacts of non-climate stressors, and working cooperatively with LCC staff and the USGS Climate Change Response Centers on vulnerability assessments and modeling of present and projected species distributions. In the Southeast region, we are working closely with the six LCCs: Appalachian, Caribbean, Gulf Coastal Plain and Ozarks, Gulf Coast Prairie, South Atlantic, and Peninsular Florida.


FY2015 Highlights and Accomplishments



Refuges in the Southeast Region, Image Credit: USFWS

Refuges in the Southeast Region.
Image Credit: USFWS.


Strategic Habitat Conservation Logo. Image Credit: USFWS

Strategic Habitat Conservation.
Image Credit: USFWS.


Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Map. Image Credit: USFWS

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives
Image Credit: USFWS.


Last updated: September 21, 2016