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Tuesday, October 18 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm
S1. The task ahead for all of us: Overview of National List Working Plan and the role we each play (USFWS, State Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Private Working Forest Landowners)

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America’s forest landowners support reasonable regulation that protects wildlife habitat while keeping working forests economically viable. The Southeast is the largest wood fiber producing region in the country, producing 63 percent of the nation’s total timber by volume, while also ranking at the top of all forests in biodiversity when measured by wildlife and plant species, demonstrating that well-managed working forests are also successful conservation programs.

Moderator: Melinda Gable - Forest Landowners Association, VP Stewardship Initiatives

Panel Presenters:

  • Mike Harris – At-Risk Species Coordinator, USFWS Region IV
  • Paul Stone – Conservation Forester, Crosby Land Resources and Louisiana Forestry Association Endangered Species Committee Chair
  • Lauren K. Ward - Doctoral Candidate Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Doctoral Candidate
  • Chris Erwin - Director, Woodland Conservation, American Forest Foundation
  • Michael J. Brennan - Director, Wildlife Conservation and Mitigation Program, Texas A&M University Institute of Renewable Natural Resources 
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: The task ahead for all of us: Overview of National List Working Plan and the role we each play (USFWS, State Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Private Working Forest Landowners)

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Survey results of forest landowners in the SEUS on knowledge and attitudes pertaining to the ESA, red-cockaded woodpecker, and perspectives on the political and economic forces at play in their land management decisions, with implications for future collaboration and policy changes that could lead to better public/private collaboration for the protection of at-risk species.

2:00 pm – 2:40 pm: Ensuring landowners “regulatory predictability” as management decisions are assessed will be crucial in achieving the conservation and recovery of at-risk species on working forests.  America’s multi-generational family working forest owners as well as TIMO’s must be an integral part of achieving conservation of at-risk species.

Overview of the diverse forest stakeholders and the benefits and challenges of providing habitat for at-risk species, while also managing for timber production. 

2:40 pm – 3:20 pm: Break

3:20 pm – 3:50 pm: Overview and Case Study: How managing working forests can contribute to conservation of at-risk species and how federal and state conservation programs can contribute to conservation of at-risk species on working forests. 

3:50 pm – 4:30 pm: Current initiatives and collaboration: Strategies to address regulatory uncertainty and how best to engage private working forests in voluntary conservation to achieve mutual objectives of species conservation and keeping working forests working. 

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Discussion on action items to achieve optimal collaboration and desired outcomes.


Improving communications and collaboration among the fish and wildlife service, state fish and wildlife agencies and private landowners


  • How do we better document what benefits are occurring on managed working forest?
  • Improving collection of fundamental information about status and distribution of species for more informed decision making by the USFWS.  Establishing assurances for landowners to participate in species research/data collection.
Development of a Programmatic CCAA for multiple species: creating umbrella agreements to include species with like habitat needs.  The “bundling” of species for review, rules and CCAA is a reoccurring theme with forest managers and owners.  Discussion on how to streamline the process and work across state lines.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Hunt Room

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