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The Southeast Conservation Blueprint is a map of important areas for conservation and restoration across the Southeast and Caribbean. The Blueprint is the primary product of the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS). Through SECAS, diverse partners are working together to design and achieve a connected network of lands and waters that supports thriving fish and wildlife populations and improved quality of life for people.
Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus plexippus) populations across the continent have dropped precipitously over the last 30 years, especially those found west of the Rocky Mountains. In 2018 and 2019, it was estimated that less than 30,000 individuals make up the western population of monarchs, representing the lowest estimates on record and less than one percent of 1980s-1990s population levels. An analysis of annual and seasonal data from 1980-2017 showed monarch butterflies overwintering in coastal California have declined more quickly than monarch overwintering in Mexico, and declines were most strongly associated with losses and degradation of overwintering habitat. To inform restoration of the overwintering...
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Science Applications employs mdEditor for metadata creation and editing. Metadata for contacts of other DOI agencies and centers are used frequently across the USFWS regions. In an effort to reduce redundancy and increase efficiency, SA headquarters maintains a master mdJSON metadata file aka seed file. for use across SA regions and the Service.If you would like to add commonly used contacts to this list, please contact the SA HQ data manager at sadatamanager@fws.gov
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Riparian Areas is an indicator of the Midwest Landscape Initiative’s (MLI) 2023 Midwest Conservation Blueprint. The Blueprint is a basemap of priority lands and waters for conservation across the Midwest consisting of over 20 social and environmental values representing diverse interests across society. This indicator was chosen as a targetable, important feature of the MLI goals that will be used to track conditions over time and prioritize areas for conservation. Indicators were defined through elicitation and prioritization exercises with federal and state participants. Criteria for the indicators includes 1) actionable, 2) measurable, 3) relevant to multiple groups across the region, and/or 4) representative...
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The 2023 Midwest Conservation Blueprint is a basemap of priority lands and waters for conservation in the Midwest. It consists of over 20 social and environmental values that represent diverse interests across society. It guides the realization of a thriving landscape of healthy lands and waters supporting wildlife, fish, and plants, embraced by all who live, work, and recreate in the Midwest. Specifically, it serves as an invitation to all those in the Midwest to better coordinate voluntary conservation actions and investments across the region by focusing and aligning conservation work across jurisdictions, attracting and directing funding sources for conservation, and connecting with conservation partners and...
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Nutrient Reduction is an indicator of the Midwest Landscape Initiative’s (MLI) 2023 Midwest Conservation Blueprint. The Blueprint is a basemap of priority lands and waters for conservation across the Midwest consisting of over 20 social and environmental values representing diverse interests across society. This indicator was chosen as a targetable, important feature of the MLI goals that will be used to track conditions over time and prioritize areas for conservation. Indicators were defined through elicitation and prioritization exercises with federal and state participants. Criteria for the indicators includes 1) actionable, 2) measurable, 3) relevant to multiple groups across the region, and/or 4) representative...
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Aquatic Network Connectivity is an indicator of the Midwest Landscape Initiative’s (MLI) 2023 Midwest Conservation Blueprint. The Blueprint is a basemap of priority lands and waters for conservation across the Midwest consisting of over 20 social and environmental values representing diverse interests across society. This indicator was chosen as a targetable, important feature of the MLI goals that will be used to track conditions over time and prioritize areas for conservation. Indicators were defined through elicitation and prioritization exercises with federal and state participants. Criteria for the indicators includes 1) actionable, 2) measurable, 3) relevant to multiple groups across the region, and/or 4)...
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Observing and counting bats is extremely difficult. Bats hide during the day, fly in darkness, and most species in the United States (US) become inactive and inaccessible in cryptic hibernation sites for 7-8 months each year. More than 40 different species of bats occur year-round in the US, yet reasonable population estimates exist for very few. Populations of US bats face new and unprecedented threats from white-nose syndrome (WNS) and industrial wind turbines. Like WNS, wind energy development might adversely affect entire populations of bats. Species of bats dying at wind turbines in the greatest numbers rank among the most cryptic, elusive, and poorly understood. Hoary bats (Lasiurus cinereus) compose approximately...
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The Highly Altered Areas Mask is an input of the Midwest Landscape Initiative’s (MLI) 2023 Midwest Conservation Blueprint. The Blueprint is a basemap of priority lands and waters for conservation across the Midwest consisting of over 20 social and environmental values representing diverse interests across society. For all of our input indicator layers, we use this mask to remove the most highly altered areas on the landscape from our datasets. These areas include the highest-intensity urban development, plus large roads. By removing these select areas, we help the prioritization algorithm of the Blueprint to de-prioritize pixels at the edges of the most altered areas, which in turn leads to more connected hubs in...
This final report summarizes: • Monthly Productivity and Carrying Capacity surveys and community engagement. • 'Opihi habitat model reflective of 1) seasonal shifts in intertidal resources from monthly surveys, and 2) shifts in intertidal habitat under 0.5 - 2.0 m sea level rise. • Maps of current and future 'Opihi habitat.
Around the globe, fish and wildlife managers are facing increasingly complex management issues because of multiscale ecological effects like climate change, species invasion, and land-use change. Managers seeking to prevent extinctions or preserve ecosystems are increasingly considering more interventionist techniques to overcome the resulting changes. Among those techniques, translocation methods that intentionally move species into new, less impacted habitats are being considered. These types of translocations are known by a range of terms, including “managed relocation” and “assisted migration,” but the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC, 2013) has proposed...
This two-page document is a summary of the USFWS decision support framework effort as of August 2023. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) decision support framework for conservation introductions (framework) aims to foster inclusive, transparent and defensible decision making about when to use conservation introductions as a strategy for preventing species extirpation or extinction, re-establishing an ecological function lost through extinction, or directing ecosystem change toward a state that better supports conservation goals. The framework is being developed for use by the USFWS in Hawaiʻi, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Federated States...
ABSTRACT: This project will place the PNW Coast LCD on a pathway for successfully engaging private landowners and increase the likelihood that the products of the LCD effort will be used to drive conservation in the region for years to come.The first goal is to develop a logical, sequential, effective strategy to engage private lands in the various facets and phases of the LCD effort. Having a jointly-developed landowner engagement strategy recognizes that this landscape design process should be conducted in close partnership with those whom we rely on to continue producing environmental values. The second goal is to implement initial steps of the landowner engagement strategy. These early implementation steps...


map background search result map search result map Development of Landscape Health Index (LHI) for Missouri Priority Geographies Genomic Determination of Hoary Bat Population History and Trend Southeast Blueprint v4.0 Aquatic Network Connectivity Riparian Areas Nutrient Reduction Highly Altered Areas Mask Midwest Conservation Blueprint 2023 Development of Landscape Health Index (LHI) for Missouri Priority Geographies Aquatic Network Connectivity Riparian Areas Nutrient Reduction Highly Altered Areas Mask Midwest Conservation Blueprint 2023 Southeast Blueprint v4.0 Genomic Determination of Hoary Bat Population History and Trend