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1 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation State Wildlife Grants Program and the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy Jenny A. Landry

2 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Conserving Biodiversity  US laws and policies place primary responsibility for wildlife management in the hands of the states  State Wildlife Grants provides Federal dollars to support cost effective conservation aimed at preventing wildlife from becoming endangered.

3 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Background of the State Wildlife Grants Program  The program was first authorized by congress in 2002  Program grew out of Conservation and Reinvestment Act compromise language  Program is subject to annual congressional legislation

4 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation What does the program do?  SWG program is intended to assist states in biodiversity preservation –Tied to “species in greatest need of conservation” –These are species which have not traditionally received funding for management –Intended to avoid new listings of endangered species

5 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation How does the program work?  Congress makes an annual appropriation  The funds are apportioned to each state based on a formula  States had to commit to write a Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy by Oct –Targeted toward “species of greatest conservation need”

6 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation How does the program work? (cont’d)  The individual states apply for their apportionment annually from USFWS  The program pays for both species investigations and implementation projects  Match required - 50%

7 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy  Mandated by congress to remain eligible for funding  Submitted to USFWS for acceptance

8 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy Structure  Organized by major watersheds of the state  Species information analyzed by each watershed –List species occurring in the basin –List critical habitats of the basin –Priority conservation actions in the basin  Information from other planning documents reviewed and included.

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10 Fish Highlights  Sturgeon  American eel  Longear sunfish  Brook trout  Anadromous species  Winter flounder  Gilt darter

11 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Bird Highlights  Raptors  Shorebirds  Marsh birds  Common nighthawk  Waterfowl  Colonial nesters

12 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Mammal highlights:  Bats  Lynx  Cougar  Wolf  American marten  River otter

13 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Amphibian and Reptile Highlights:  Snakes  Salamanders  Frogs and toads  Turtles  Hellbender

14 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Invertebrate Highlights:  Moths  Dragonflies and damselflies  Mussels  Chittenango ovate amber snail

15 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Top Threats to Species of Greatest Conservation Need Statewide  Habitat loss and fragmentation –Only 15% of state land area in public ownership  Contaminant deposition –Acids –Mercury –Nitrogen products  Degraded water quality & altered hydrology

16 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Top Threats to Species of Greatest Conservation Need Statewide (cont’d)  Invasive species  Changing farm and forestry practices  Direct human-wildlife interactions –Collisions –Poaching –Unregulated harvest  Climate change

17 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Outcomes – Conservation Recommendations  Data Collection  Planning  Management and Restoration  Land Protection  Regulatory and Legislative  Information Dissemination  Incentives and Disincentives

18 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Outcomes – Policy and Practice  Moving away from single species management.  Integrating fish and wildlife management with environmental quality.  Dealing with species metapopulations  Integrating fish and wildlife disciplines through habitat management.

19 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation New Ways of Working Under SWG  Addressing both natural resources and environmental quality issues  Creating stronger interdivisional relationships –Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources –Division of Lands and Forests –Division of Water

20 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation NY’s SWG funding so far… Federal Fiscal Year National Total NY Allocation FFY 2001 $50 M $2.33 M FFY 2002 $85 M $3.73 M FFY 2003 $65 M $2.78 M FFY 2004 $70 M $2.95 M FFY 2005 $69.12 M $2.94 M FFY 2006 $68.5 M $2.90 M

21 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation New Staff  Federal Fiscal Year 2004 funds were used to hire 9 ecologists within 11 major watersheds and 1 data coordinator  This single year of funds will cover staff salaries for at least three years  New staff will implement the SWG program and the recommendations in the CWCS

22 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation New Biologists’ Duties  Develop and write 5-year action plans in consultation with Watershed Team and Agency Staff  Recruit Watershed Team members  Annual watershed priority development for RFA  Watershed project oversight/management  Watershed project implementation  Annual grant reporting  Communicate CWCS issues with Watershed Team, other DEC Divisions and programs in the regions

23 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation New Staff Jason Smith Lower Hudson – LI Bays & Atlantic Ocean Region 2 Office, Long Island City Gregg Kenney Delaware & Upper Hudson Region 3 – New Paltz Paul Novak Upper Hudson Region 4 – Schenectady Joe Racette Lake Champlain Region 5 – Raybrook Angelena Ross NE Lake Ontario Region 6 – Watertown Tom Bell Susquehanna Region 7 – Cortland Amy Mahar SE Lake Ontario Region 8 – Avon Jenny Landry SW Lake Ontario Region 8 – Avon VACANT Lake Erie & Allegheny Region 9 – Allegany Carl Herzog Data Management Central Office - Albany

24 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation NY Forests  Forest cover has returned to 60% of the land area of New York concurrent with the decline of agriculture.  Need active management of vegetative succession  Sustainable forest practices, in accordance with BMPs, improve forest health and resilience

25 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation 72% of forest land in New York is privately owned.

26 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation NYFOA Contract  Develop Materials and Website  Publicize CWCS implementation needs to Forest Owners  Landowner visits  Database  Map of landowners and critical habitats  Strategic Plan

27 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Boreal Forest Birds

28 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Deciduous/Mixed Forest Breeding Birds

29 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Early Successional Forest/Shrubland Birds

30 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Breeding Raptors

31 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation High Altitude Conifer Forest Birds

32 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Tree Bats

33 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Vernal Pool Salamanders

34 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Woodland/Grassland Snakes

35 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Thank you! Jenny Ann Landry NYSDEC

36 NYS Department of Environmental Conservation


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