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Science to Assess Future Conservation Practices for the Mississippi River Basin

Incorporating Social Drivers to Optimize Conservation Practices that Address Gulf Hypoxia and Declining Wildlife Populations Impacted by Extreme Climate Events (Funded Jointly by the Northeast CSC and South Central CSC)

Dates

Start Date
2014-05-28
End Date
2016-05-28

Summary

USFWS Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) throughout the Mississippi River Basin (MRB) have identified high nutrient runoff, a major contributor to Gulf hypoxia, and declines in wildlife populations (especially grassland and riparian birds), as conservation challenges requiring collaborative action. This project will develop a spatial decision support system (DSS) to address these issues. The DSS will be designed to identify MRB watersheds where application of conservation practices can (1) reduce nutrient export to the Gulf hypoxia zone and (2) enhance conservation for grassland and riparian birds, based on (3) identifying landowners willing and capable of implementing these practices. The DSS will identify appropriate conservation [...]

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Contacts

Principal Investigator :
Jack Waide
Cooperator/Partner :
Jason Rohweder, Timothy Fox, Linda Prokopy, Meghna Babbar-Sebens, Gwen White
Funding Agency :
Northeast CSC, South Central CSC

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Project Extension

projectStatusCompleted
parts
typeGeneral Public Summary
valueUSFWS Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) throughout the Mississippi River Basin (MRB) have identified high nutrient runoff, a major contributor to Gulf hypoxia, and declines in wildlife populations (especially grassland and riparian birds), as conservation challenges requiring collaborative action. This project will develop a spatial decision support system (DSS) to address these issues. The DSS will be designed to identify MRB watersheds where application of conservation practices can (1) reduce nutrient export to the Gulf hypoxia zone and (2) enhance conservation for grassland and riparian birds, based on (3) identifying landowners willing and capable of implementing these practices. The DSS will identify appropriate conservation practices to be implemented, and quantify resulting benefits for both nutrient export and bird habitat. The DSS will also enable analyses of whether landowner willingness to implement desired practices is affected by perceptions of climate extremes. This project has support and includes contributions from LCCs and agencies throughout the MRB, including federal and state resource management agencies and universities. The project, a pilot for a larger future effort, seeks to move current conservation approaches to a more strategic level, by identifying where to locate projects in critical watersheds for the greatest overall conservation benefit.
typeFY 14 COA
valueMS3650

Budget Extension

totalFunds154060.96
annualBudgets
year2013
year2014
totalFunds102546.0
year2015
totalFunds51514.96

Additional Information

Identifiers

Type Scheme Key
RegistrationUUID NCCWSC 28b3fe21-b3f1-4d5e-b896-bda375ef1727
StampID NCCWSC NE13-WJ18376

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