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

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Collaborative Landscape Conservation Planning and Delivery in the NortheastJohn Kanter, NH Fish and GameNortheast Fish and Wildlife Diversity Technical Committee

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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 bettermentAldo Leopold

Northeast Region

NEAFWA (state Boundaries)

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

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.3

Population Land Area (sq miles)People/areaMaine1,329,19230,84343.1New Jersey8,864,5907,3541,195.5West Virginia1,855,41324,03877.1Northeast72,445,315229,802305.5Montana1,005,141145,5466.8

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Region Dominated by Human UsesHuman population by county

5And of course it is also a region dominated by human uses particularly in the Washington-Boston Megaregion but the region also includes many rural areas inland especially the Appalachian and northern and forests in the western and northern parts of the region.

A big challenge in the Northeast is understanding and managing land use change and climate change in the coastal, terrestrial and aquatic systems in this human-dominated and jurisdictionally diverse region.

Conservation in TransitionUnprecedented scale, pace and complexity of resource management challengesHabitat loss, fragmentation and degradationInvasive speciesContaminantsHydrologic impactsAccelerated climate change is magnifying impacts on water and land resources, agriculture and biological diversity

The scale, 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. 6

Major Challenge:

We cannot effectively or efficiently address these challenges by working aloneSo 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?

The major challenge is7

RCN ProgramThe northeast states answer to that questionis 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 DirectorsFirst RFP was issued in 2007, 27 projects funded to date

The northeast states response to these challenges8

rcngrants.org

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.9

Aligning NA LCC and NEAFWACo-location of meetings with NEAFWASynchronized annual LCC/RCN timeline Grant administration through WMICommon conservation framework & needsProjects at Northeast Regional scale (across LCC boundaries)Joint efforts to develop regional information for SWAP Updates

The North Atlantic LCC has aligned its activities closely with NEAFWA including10

Developing a list of Regional Species of Conservation ConcernNortheast regional list (Therres 1999) replace category 2 candidates

Combined list of State Species of Greatest Conservation Need (Whitlock 2007)

Northeast Fish and Wildlife Diversity CommitteeNE Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Partners in Flight

DRAFT RSGCN Screening Process1. State identifies a list of SGCN based on State Level Screening Criteria2. SGCN are compiled into Composite SGCN List3. Composite SGCN list is screened For regional Responsibility4. Composite SGCN list is screened for regional Conservation Need5. Need will be based on regional Conservation Need Ranking Criteria (next steps)

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Conservation Need= Regional ResponsibilityStates in need HighLow States in NE range>50% of Range10 states)12High (7-10 states)34Moderate (4-6 states)5Low (3 states)6