Integrating Human Dimensions into Biological Planning for Bird Conservation in the Western Great Plains Anne Bartuszevige, Miruh Hamend , Mike Carter, Barth Crouch. Playa Lakes Joint Venture A regional partnership dedicated to conserving bird habitat throughout the western Great Plains
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Integrating Human Dimensions into Biological Planning for Bird Conservation in the Western Great PlainsAnne Bartuszevige, MiruhHamend, Mike Carter, Barth Crouch
Playa Lakes Joint Venture
A regional partnership dedicated to conserving bird habitat throughout the western Great Plains
Boundaries encompass most of the short- and mixed-grass prairie bird conservation regions
Playas are the most numerous wetland type in the region and critical to supporting wildlife
Birds Love Them
Playa Lakes Joint Venture Region
5% of the Population
20% of the Population
75% of the Population
1% of the Land
29% of the Land
70% of the Land
Economics — higher return
Conservation — “I like wildlife and farming is risky, so why fight it?”
Hunting — for themselves or leasing rights
Rest the land— make it more productive
Is price per acre competitive?
Length of contract
What control do you give up?
Who administers contract?
Amount of recharge is not significant
Need more information!How much recharge? How long does it take?
Info must be from a credible source
Conservation efforts are “too little, too late”
Would you take action to conserve them?
integrates societal values, sets biological goals, and uses sound science based in landscape ecology to provide a variety of scenario plans that describe where conservation can best be achieved and how it relates to measurable goals
Landscape Pattern / Process
Tillage Likelihood Model
2014 Playas yield 19% of Goal
Farmed Playaslose 4% of Goal
2019 Playas yield 15% of Goal
A Landscape Conservation Design