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North Cascades Grizzly Bear Recovery EIS Underway
Sunday, 14 June 2015 10:53

image of Grizzly Bear in Washington, Credit: Bmass, FlickrThe National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have initiated an environmental impact statement (EIS) process to determine how to proceed with recovery of grizzly bears in the North Cascades Ecosystem (NCE) in north central Washington. The USDA Forest Service and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are cooperators on the EIS. Without active recovery efforts, the FWS predicts that the population is likely to disappear. The EIS will explore a number of options from “no action” to restoration of bears into the area. Initial public scoping that was completed in March identified both support for and opposition to restoration of grizzly bears as well as a number of issues for the EIS to consider. Formal alternatives will be developed later this year and a draft EIS will likely be released in 2016. A final decision is not expected until 2017.

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USDA Announces General CRP Sign-Up; Additional 800,000 Acres in Continuous CRP
Saturday, 13 June 2015 18:14

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that it would be holding a sign-up for general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres later this year. This is the first enrollment opportunity for general CRP since 2013, according to the Wildlife Management Institute. In addition, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the agency is making funding available to enroll an additional 800,000 acres in continuous CRP to enhance wetlands and wildlife habitat.

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2015 Fish and Wildlife Business Summit Focuses on Top Priorities
Friday, 12 June 2015 13:48

The Fish & Wildlife Business Summit recently concluded its 2015 meeting hosted by O.F. Mossberg & Sons in Middletown, Connecticut. This annual gathering of state, federal, industry, and NGO leaders focuses on strengthening relationships to better implement the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) program. The Wildlife Management Institute (WMI), in its ongoing commitment to support user-based conservation funding, facilitated the eighth annual meeting of the group. The summit is the result of a decade-long effort by state fish and wildlife leaders and sporting industry leaders to improve communication among the partners of the WSFR program.

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Worth Reading: Feeding Wild Birds in America
Saturday, 13 June 2015 16:05

image of Feeding Wild Birds in America book coverI suspect I’m not much different from many in the wildlife conservation community that can harken back to a youth where we were touched, perhaps both literally and figuratively, by wild birds through our backyard feeders. My parents had many feeders distributed around our home and we welcomed the typical northeastern cadre of chickadees and juncos, titmice and cardinals. Dad also was known to hang a couple rib cages from one of the deer he harvested – much to the delight of the nuthatches and woodpeckers, and to the chagrin of some of my friends who came to visit.

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WMI Landscapes: Partners Across the Northeast Will Work Together to Evaluate and Improve Stream Connectivity
Friday, 12 June 2015 12:28

image of Culvert in Maine Stream, Credit: Just Us 3, Flickr

The North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC) plans to improve the network of rivers and streams in the northeast by addressing the problems of fragmentation and obstructed flow through barriers such as culverts and bridges. Federal and State agencies, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, The Nature Conservancy, and conservation organizations throughout 13 states are leading the effort with funding from the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NALCC) and DOI Hurricane Sandy Mitigation funds.

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Conservation Briefs
Friday, 12 June 2015 14:02

Conservation Briefs is a compilation of short news stories of interest to Outdoor News Bulletin readers. The stories cover a number of issues that have developed in the past month or provide updates on issues that were featured in previous ONB editions. Each story includes links to online resources for more details on each topic.

This Month:

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CRU Corner: The Buzz About Pollinators and Ecosystems Services
Friday, 12 June 2015 12:01

image of USGS Cooperative Research Units logoImage of Pollination, Credit: Phillip Stephenson, USGS Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research UnitThe  U.S. Geological Survey Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (CRU) is working collaboratively with the Department of Entomology at The University of Arkansas, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, both the Cache River and Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuges, and private landowners to cover an eight county area in the eastern portion of Arkansas to document and describe insect pollinator communities and ecological services provided by those pollinators to adjacent croplands. The research is first aimed at describing these little known insect pollinator communities and second at documenting visitation by these wetland pollinators to adjacent croplands. Researchers anticipate that these wetland communities harbor diverse and abundant insect pollinator communities that are likely important to wetland integrity and function but may also provide economic benefits to nearby croplands.

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