Conservation Planning for the High Plains District of Michigan Team Members: Stephanie Pendergrass Becky Schillo Jenny Stover Faculty Advisor: Dr. Burt.
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Conservation Planning for the High Plains District of Michigan Team Members: Stephanie Pendergrass Becky Schillo Jenny Stover Faculty Advisor: Dr. Burt Barnes Client: The Nature Conservancy
The High Plains Subdistrict 8.2 of Albert et al’s Regional Landscape Ecosystems of MI
Our Client: The Nature Conservancy The Nature Conservancy is an international conservation organization whose mission is “to preserve the plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.” The Nature Conservancy of Michigan has identified the High Plains as an important conservation priority in the state due to its rare ecosystems that support many rare or endangered species.
Overall Objective Develop a conservation plan for the rare ecosystems and organisms of the High Plains by integrating existing ecological, sociological, and managerial information into set of conservation strategies.
Methods Conceptual Method: Landscape ecosystem approach of Stan Rowe Planning Tool: The Nature Conservancy’s Five-S Conservation Planning Tool
Specific Objectives Objective 1: Define conservation targets (ecosystems and organisms) and determine their key attributes Methods: Work with TNC, Forest Service, DNR, and MNFI Overlay occurrences with LTAs, other data Group species occurrences within landscape ecosystems
Specific Objectives Objective 2: Determine current status (“viability”) of target ecosystems and species Methods: Compare occurrences with presettlement vegetation Consult with Forest Service and DNR staff
Specific Objectives Objective 3: Identify stresses (threats) to targets and sources of those stresses Methods: Determine social, political, and managerial factors of region Consult with Forest Service and DNR staff
Objective 4: Develop and prioritize conservation strategies Methods: Analyze and integrate ecological, social, and managerial factors Consult with land managers and private landowners Specific Objectives
Products and Dissemination Conservation plan for The Nature Conservancy with recommendations to guide future work in the region Summary publication of recommendations that can be distributed to stakeholders Workshop at the 2006 Kirtland’s Warbler Recovery Team Meeting
Steps to date …. Training in Five-S Workbook Obtained species occurrence data sets from Michigan Natural Features Inventory Met with staff from the Huron-Manistee National Forest Scheduled meeting with staff from DNR and secondary meeting with Forest Service