Collaborative Landscape Conservation Planning and Delivery in the Northeast, John Kanter

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Collaborative Landscape Conservation Planning and Delivery in the Northeast, John Kanter, NH Fish and Game, Northeast Fish and Wildlife Diversity Technical Committee

Collaborative Landscape Conservation Planning and Delivery in the Northeast, John Kanter, NH Fish and Game, Northeast Fish and Wildlife Diversity Technical Committee

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  • The Northeast (NEAFWA and USFWS Northeast Region) is jurisdictionally diverse with 13 states + DC, 5 adjacent Canadian provinces, 17 recognized tribes, and many existing partnerships. There are four LCCs partially or wholly in the Northeast Region with the North Atlantic and Appalachian making up most of the region.
  • Thescale, pace and complexity of the existing threats to biological diversity are continuing to increase (most notably impacts to habitats) and now these impacts are being magnified by the multiple effects of accelerated climate change.
  • The major challenge is…
  • The northeast states response to these challenges…
  • The goal of the RCN program to address priority, landscape-scale, regional wildlife conservation issues by working collaboratively . Much more information on the program and projects is available at rcngrants.org.
  • The North Atlantic LCC has aligned its activities closely with NEAFWA including…
  • NEAFWA and the North Atlantic LCC hosted a workshop to review progress on RCN and LCC projects assess additional needs and agree on a common conservation framework to fit these needs into.Significant outcomes from this meeting include-agreement on a conservation framework-organization of past work done and future work needed-a commitment to work together on the next generation of State Wildlife Action Plans to be able to roll up species, habitats and mgmt needs across the region
  • This is the common framework agreed upon by the partners at this workshop. It is very similar to strategic habitat conservation but with more emphasis on the how we design, translate and help partners adopt the science and tools and on managing the information. Too many tools have been developed without a strong link to management or a plan for how the information will be provided to those making conservation decisions
  • And to articulate a clear vision and direction for the partnership.

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  • 1. Collaborative Landscape Conservation Planning and Delivery in the Northeast John Kanter, NH Fish and Game Northeast Fish and Wildlife Diversity Technical Committee
  • 2. “I also doubt, as a matter of hindsight, whether anything but ultimate discredit can come to the wildlife movement if it encourages or participates in orgies of incontinent public expenditures of half baked plans for wildlife betterment” Aldo Leopold
  • 3. Landscape Conservation Cooperatives in the Northeast Region Appalachian Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers North Atlantic South Atlantic Upper Midwest and Great Lakes 0 190 38095 Miles Northeast Region NEAFWA (state Boundaries) Landscape Conservation Cooperatives
  • 4. Population Land Area (sq miles) People/area Maine 1,329,192 30,843 43.1 New Jersey 8,864,590 7,354 1,195.5 West Virginia 1,855,413 24,038 77.1 Northeast 72,445,315 229,802 305.5 Montana 1,005,141 145,546 6.8
  • 5. Region Dominated by Human Uses Human population by county
  • 6. Conservation in Transition • Unprecedented scale, pace and complexity of resource management challenges – Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation – Invasive species – Contaminants – Hydrologic impacts • Accelerated climate change is magnifying impacts on water and land resources, agriculture and biological diversity
  • 7. Major Challenge: We cannot effectively or efficiently address these challenges by working alone So how do we organize our separate agencies, organizations and missions to collectively understand and address these challenges and uncertainty and achieve the conservation outcomes that society wants and expects from us?
  • 8. RCN Program • The northeast states answer to that question is to pool resources to address issues common to multiple states and State Wildlife Action Plans. • In 2006 at and subsequent to a workshop in Albany (“Albany I”) sponsored by NFWF and Doris Duke, the states agreed to pool 4% of their State Wildlife Grant funding for Regional Conservation Needs (RCN). • RCN program was developed by NEAFWA, the Wildlife Management Institute and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. • Annual process administered by WMI and involving NEAFWA administrators, technical committees and Directors • First RFP was issued in 2007, 27 projects funded to date
  • 9. rcngrants.org
  • 10. Aligning NA LCC and NEAFWA • Co-location of meetings with NEAFWA • Synchronized annual LCC/RCN timeline • Grant administration through WMI • Common conservation framework & needs • Projects at Northeast Regional scale (across LCC boundaries) • Joint efforts to develop regional information for SWAP Updates
  • 11. Developing a list of Regional Species of Conservation Concern • Northeast regional list (Therres 1999) “replace” category 2 candidates • Combined list of State Species of Greatest Conservation Need (Whitlock 2007) • Northeast Fish and Wildlife Diversity Committee NE Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Partners in Flight
  • 12. DRAFT RSGCN Screening Process • 1. State identifies a list of SGCN based on State Level Screening Criteria • 2. SGCN are compiled into Composite SGCN List • 3. Composite SGCN list is screened For regional Responsibility • 4. Composite SGCN list is screened for regional Conservation Need • 5. Need will be based on regional Conservation Need Ranking Criteria (next steps)
  • 13. Conservation Need= Regional Responsibility States in need High Low States in NE range >50% of Range <50% of Range Very High (>10 states) 1 2 High (7-10 states) 3 4 Moderate (4-6 states) 5 Low (3 states) 6 <3 states 7
  • 14. 538 Regional Species of Conservation Need
  • 15. What order and what process will we use to address RSGCN? 1)RCN Status Assessment  Wood turtle  Brook floater 2)Review and Evaluation 3)Preventing listing  New England cottontail Northeast Regional List My state’s list Integrating RSGCN into Wildlife Action Plan Revisions
  • 16. Wildlife Habitats
  • 17. TNC NEAFWA NALCC • Number one priority action agreed to at Albany 1 Northeast Terrestrial Habitat Map
  • 18. NE Regional Habitat Map My State Map cut out of the NE Regional Map Included in each Northeast state’s wildlife action plan Northeast Highest Ranked Habitats by Ecological Condition My States Habitat Map Scaled ranking of my state My State’s Map with My state’s Stuff We agree that all states will insert these as they are completed
  • 19. Appalachian Oak Pine Forest APPALACHIAN OAK PINE FOREST
  • 20. Northeast Regional Conservation Framework Workshop “Albany II” June 14-16, 2011 Crowne Plaza Hotel, Albany, New York Hosted by Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative Photo Credit: James Weliver/USFWS
  • 21. Most importantly- The Northeast Regional effort represents a partnership and a willingness of the partners to collectively and intentionally work in an organized fashion towards a larger landscape conservation vision