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Tuesday, October 18 • 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Wildlife. Development of Open-Pine Forest Condition Metrics for Wildlife and Ecological Integrity

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AUTHORS: Randy Wilson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Rickie White, NatureServe, Carl Nordman, NatureServe, Milo Pyne, NatureServe, Clay Ware, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chuck Hunter, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Catherine Rideout, East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture

ABSTRACT: Open woodlands were historically a large component of the landscape across the southeastern United States. These woodlands have an open canopy of longleaf, slash, shortleaf, and/or loblolly pines, with scattered shrubs and a grassy understory. These southern open pine ecosystems support many species of wildlife, many of which have declined in recent years as the amount and condition of their habitat has declined. This troubling decline in wildlife species has led to a focus on regional conservation efforts by a myriad of conservation agencies, organizations. These groups all agree that there is a need for more high quality open pine acreage, but until now there has been no efficient, agreed upon, way to identify those tracts that are providing the best habitat for key wildlife species. In partnership with the Gulf Coastal Plain and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative, NatureServe, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture have developed desired forest condition metrics to facilitate implementation and evaluation of wildlife habitat and ecological integrity of lands where the primary objective is wildlife habitat. These desired forest condition metrics when used in conjunction with a rapid assessment protocol help conservation-minded landowners understand how their properties are contributing to the habitat needs of priority wildlife of southern open pine ecosystems, as determined by the Gulf Coastal Plain and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative Science Adaptation Plan.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Riverview B

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