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Invasive annual grasses are a primary, severe, and challenging threat to habitat conservation and restoration for sage-dependent wildlife across federal, state and private lands. Successful management solutions for sagebrush rangelands are likely to be multiphasic, involving some sequence of interventions such as herbicides, seeding of competitive natives that also create habitat, and temporarily altering land use, in an adaptive-management approach. The proposed work tests different herbicides and options for applying them with different seeding and land uses, across a gradient of climate and soils in Interior Regions 5 and 7.This research will examine the efficacy of management options for controlling cheatgrass...
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FY2019Multijurisdictional, international landscape with many shared priorities but lacks landscape (inter-jurisdictional) perspective. Landscape conservation design process will provide landscape context and future scenarios to support coordinated conservation investment.FY2020Entering Phase 2 of a 3-year project, a Landscape Conservation Design (LCD) will deliver a set of strategies that the Crown Managers Partnership and dozens of stakeholders can deploy to achieve desired ecological conditions based on defined, measurable resource outcomes across the Crown of the Continent ecosystem. LCD is a holistic, participatory process bringing stakeholders together to define a desired future for the Crown landscape and...
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In collaboration with LRs 1 and 2, LR 6 willcommit funds toUM via the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit (CWRU) in direct support of Native American graduate education to increase the diversity of wildlife biologists with advanced degrees. Graduate research conducted by students will focus on non-hunted species in need of conservation.
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The CED has been coordinating with CO ES and GUSG Stakeholders to identify needs for tracking implementation (and effectiveness) of recovery actions for GUSG. We propose to develop a CED-module aimed at monitoring recovery actions identified in the [draft] GUSG Recovery Plan and associated Implementation Strategy. We will engage stakeholders/partners to develop an easy-to-use system and dashboard for reporting accomplishments and assessing the progress made to meeting goals/objectives identified to recovery GUSG across their range. This funding would be focues on the dahsboard reporting feature of the module.This effort will provide a necessary tracking system that improve transparency and inform broad-scale planning,...
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The CED has had success in tracking implementation of conservation actions for terrestrial at-risk species, and can develop systems to monitor the implementation of and inform effectiveness of conservation, restoration, and recovery actions for aquatic at-risk species as well. Pursuant to the Regional Priority Goal to Recover listed cutthroat trout and improve or maintain the conservation status of other cutthroat trout and Arctic grayling populations, the CED Team proposes to develop a framework and modules that displays important resource layers/values important for biological planning and conservation design in addition to collecting information about recovery actions that may improve habitat and/or reduce threats...
Categories: Data, Project; Types: Map Service, OGC WFS Layer, OGC WMS Layer, OGC WMS Service; Tags: CA, CO, CO, CO, CO, All tags...
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Compliation of long-term data set on weather patterns and energy development impacts on 3 sagebrush obligate migratory birds. Will result in several peer-reviewed scientific publications.
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Pollinator surveys are currently being conducted in North Dakota, but we are lacking data in other areas. Given likely petitions on the horizon, having baseline data for pollinators will be essential for an informed response. Additionally, these data will be important for habitat prioritization. Given the complexity and difficulty for comprehensive identification of all key pollinators and the urgency of threatened petitions, initial projects should likely focus on bees and butterflies. Results of these surveys will also help guide where and how to sample several at risk species in different habitat types across several states. Ultimately this information could inform a national pollinator survey database development.PI:...
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This project supports the analysis of the west-wide (and cross-border, as the project involves samples from across southern Canada as well) analysis of wolverine gene flow and population structure. Building upon previous occupancy surveys and tissue sample collection conducted through collaborative work between the Service and the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), this project proposes to provide funding for a quantitative geneticist at the University of Montana to analyze wolverine genetic data, conduct two workshops with State and provincial experts, conduct landscape-scale genetic connectivity assessments, and publish a peer-review manuscript.PI: Erin Landguth erin.landguth@gmail.comPI/Funding...
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Understanding the current risk of the threat of invasive annual grasses to the sagebrush ecosystem is needed for biological planning and conservation design of appropriate conservation delivery mechanisms that will enhance and maintain priority wildlife species of conservation concern. Current efforts with partners have developed a 250 m near-real time herbaceous annual percent cover map in western portion of the ecosystem for identifying wildfire risk but this effort needs to be expanded to the eastern portion of the biome. In addition, localized detailed information is needed at 30m scale for increased accuracy of identifying the degree and extent of invasions. This information at the landscape scale will facilitate...
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The proposed large-scale collaborative research project will provide the first thorough assessment of the effects of pion-juniper woodland treatments on the Pinyon Jay, a species undergoing rapid population declines according to the BBS. The results of this multi-state study will provide land management agencies critical information about impacts of woodland management on the species and significant, novel data about habitat use and specific habitat preferences. These data will allow land managers to better understand the needs of the species and inform how future management practices can be implemented to reduce or mitigate negative impacts. Without these data, land management agencies and the conservation community...
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FY2023R6 SA (Science Applications), in cooperation with project collaborators and watershed stakeholders (watershed coordinators, Montana State University, MTDRC, EPA, conservation districts, TU) created the River Conditions Tool (RCT) to drive conservation actions via real-time stream gage data with predetermined aquatic, riverine, drought management science. Many watersheds Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Colorado are in need of the various conservation science benefits this RCT expansion provides.Continuing this project in new watersheds would be an opportunity to create relationships with new partners and help underserved communities by providing landowners, land/watershed managers, scientists, and recreationalists...
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The Conservation Efforts Database (CED) is in the process of collecting information related to conservation efforts implemented in the sagebrush biome. This data will predominantly covers the time from 2009-2018. It is our hope to utilize this information and partner with USGS to investigate if/how these efforts are related to greater sage-grouse population trends being developed as part of a larger Population Monitoring Framework that FWS is involved with. Results of this evaluation would help inform which populations/areas may be receiving a larger conservation benefit from action implemented as well as if changes in trends are related to conservation efforts or other environmental factors. This effort is in support...
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Candidate Conservation Agreements (CCAs) with Assurances (CCAAs) are valuable conservation tools developed with landowners in conjunction with the FWS to conserve species at risk with the intent of negating an Endangered Species Act listing action. Monitoring is typically the responsibility of the landowner, with varying levels of monitoring of biological parameters (e.g., vegetation characteristics). We propose a pilot project to assess if these conservation tools are actually meeting their intended purpose, provide essential information for any necessary adaptive management and inform future CCAs and CCAAs. Without this information, we will be unable to determine whether FWS conservation efforts are eliciting...
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Demographic vital rates differently impact population growth across species, and effective conservation takes advantage of this by targeting management towards the most limiting critical life stages anticipated to respond to management. Current conservation efforts for sagebrush obligate songbirds is inextricably linked to breeding habitats, yet the relative contribution of breeding ecology (e.g. nest success) to overall population declines remains unknown. Combining readily available data with cutting edge analytical tools can fill this missing piece of the conservation portfolio, while also identifying key knowledge gaps. Ultimately this project seeks to empower management with the scientific basis for a demographic...
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Partnering with Hopa Mountain, the Native Science Fellows Program is designed to support undergraduate and graduate Native American Students as they complete degrees in geosciences and conservation related fields that will support their future careers related to fish, wildlife and/or conservation.PI: Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer bsawyer@hopamountain.orgPI/Funding recipients organization: HOPA Mountain Inc.Start date: 9/1/2020Projected end date: 12/31/2023Award ID: not yet assignedFunding sources and amounts: US Fish and Wildlife Service, Legacy Region 6, Science Applications, $70,000
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Collaborative research project between Science Applications, Migratory Birds Program, and National Wildlife Refuge System to test the efficacy and applicabilty of the deploymant of a pilot MOTUS tracking array and nanotagging birds - to assess ability to determine demographics, migration timing, and nesting and wintering habitat selection of 4 priority species in the grasslands ecosystem. If sucessful, will aid the Service and conservation partners in strategic conservation delivery and monitoring.. Science Applications is providing funds for equipement acqisition and assissting in analyses.
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The US Fish and Wildlife Service has been petitioned to list the regal fritillary butterfly under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with decision due in FY 2022. Population and species viability are directly related to genetic diversity, yet direct measures of genetic diversity are rare for any species, let alone a species of conservation concern. Previous research revealed regal fritillary populations show a reduction in genetic diversity from west to east, as potential habitat patches become smaller and more isolated. Genetic information will inform the species status assessment and the 12-month finding for this species.PI: Sara Oyler-McCance, sara_oyler-mccance@usgs.govPI/Funding recipients organization: US Geological...
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Insects and pollinators are under heavy pressure from a variety of human caused stressors and as a taxonomic group, are among the most petitioned taxa the USFWS receives to list species under the Endangered Species Act. Insects are likely affected by wind energy development through collisions, avoidance, and habitat fragmentation that may reduce key connectivity and migratory corridors. The proposed literature review will compile key information on potential attractants of wind development to insects and insect behavior (e.g. attraction to light and heat, response to wind currents created by turbines, seasonality of insects, effects on pollinators) as well as review a few species of conservation concern (e.g., Dakota...
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The objective of this project will be to combine and analyze existing GIS layers describing the known and modeled distribution of the highest priority declining grassland bird species with newly-developed layers of the potentially undisturbed lands (PUDL) and plowprint information to identify those places on the landscape where conservation delivery is likely to bring about the most progress toward meeting population trend goals for the species. These are the highest priority tasks identified by the JV Tech Committee.Science-based conservation design informed by the best current spatial tools available for the NGPJV landscape. Sets the stage for a true SHC approach to delivery of conservation for the grassland species...
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The proposed landscape-scale collaborative research project will provide the first assessment of annual cycle movements and population limiting factors of the Mountain Plover, a species that according to the Breeding Bird Survey appears is experiencing significant long-term declines. The results of this project will provide land management agencies critical information about where the species population may be limited and identify important areas for conservation throughout the annual cycle. The information will allow conservation planners and land managers to develop effective conservation strategies for the species. Without this information, well continue to lack critical information to most effectively conserve...


map background search result map search result map Crown of the Continent Landscape Conservation Design Expansion of pollinator surveys in grassland states Weather variability and sagebrush songbird demography Joint Canada-US Analysis of Wolverine Landscape Genetic Data Piloting an automated telemetry array to assess the movements, distribution, distribution and survival of priority grassland bird species in the Great Plains CED: Evaluating correlation between conservation efforts and GRSG population trends CED: Cutthroat Trout Recovery Monitoring Module CED: Gunnison Sage-grouse Recovery Tracking Module Dashboard Spatial Prioritization for Grassland Bird Conservation on Undisturbed Grassland and Adjacent Tracts in the Northern Great Plains Joint Venture River Conditions Tool (RCT) Geographic Expansion Effects of pion-juniper woodland treatments on the Pinyon Jay An integrated population model for the Mountain Plover in Montana Landscape risk assessment tool expanded for detecting invasive annual grass threat to FWS sagebrush priority migratory birds ranges in the eastern portion of the sagebrush biome Genetic sampling to expand the phylogeographic analysis for understanding the genetic diversity at continental and regional scales for the regal fritillary butterfly, a species petitioned for listing under the ESA State of knowledge on the interactions between wind facilities and insects: reviewing what is known and identifying potential linkages Evaluating the efficacy of CCAAs Understanding Our Piece of The Pie: Population Modeling for Decling Sagebrush Obligate Songbirds Hopa Mountain Native Science Fellow Program US FWS  UM Collaboration to Support Native American Graduate Students in Wildlife Biology Assessing annual grass management effectiveness in the sagebrush biome US FWS  UM Collaboration to Support Native American Graduate Students in Wildlife Biology Crown of the Continent Landscape Conservation Design Genetic sampling to expand the phylogeographic analysis for understanding the genetic diversity at continental and regional scales for the regal fritillary butterfly, a species petitioned for listing under the ESA Effects of pion-juniper woodland treatments on the Pinyon Jay Weather variability and sagebrush songbird demography Expansion of pollinator surveys in grassland states An integrated population model for the Mountain Plover in Montana CED: Gunnison Sage-grouse Recovery Tracking Module Dashboard River Conditions Tool (RCT) Geographic Expansion Spatial Prioritization for Grassland Bird Conservation on Undisturbed Grassland and Adjacent Tracts in the Northern Great Plains Joint Venture Piloting an automated telemetry array to assess the movements, distribution, distribution and survival of priority grassland bird species in the Great Plains Landscape risk assessment tool expanded for detecting invasive annual grass threat to FWS sagebrush priority migratory birds ranges in the eastern portion of the sagebrush biome State of knowledge on the interactions between wind facilities and insects: reviewing what is known and identifying potential linkages Evaluating the efficacy of CCAAs Understanding Our Piece of The Pie: Population Modeling for Decling Sagebrush Obligate Songbirds Hopa Mountain Native Science Fellow Program Joint Canada-US Analysis of Wolverine Landscape Genetic Data Assessing annual grass management effectiveness in the sagebrush biome CED: Evaluating correlation between conservation efforts and GRSG population trends CED: Cutthroat Trout Recovery Monitoring Module