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The Next Step for Idaho’s CWCS. Today’s Agenda. 10:00 Welcome, overview, and what is expected 11:00 Identifying focal areas 12:00 Lunch - Open discussion 1:00 Identifying focal areas 3:00 Wrap-up 3:30 Adjourn . C omprehensive W ildlife C onservation S trategy.

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The next step for idaho s cwcs

The Next Step for Idaho’s CWCS


Today’s Agenda

10:00 Welcome, overview, and what is expected

11:00 Identifying focal areas

12:00 Lunch - Open discussion

1:00 Identifying focal areas

3:00 Wrap-up

3:30 Adjourn


Comprehensive

Wildlife

Conservation

Strategy

“…provide a framework for conserving

‘species of greatest conservation need’

and the habitats upon which they depend.”


“…enable agency and private partners

to individually or cooperatively

implement conservation actions

that will benefit priority species and habitats.”



Current Implementation

  • BLM: Challenge Cost Share funding and Resource Management Plans specify SGCN

  • USFS: Forest Plan updates incorporate SGCN

  • NRCS: Farm Bill programs target SGCN

  • USFWS: LIP targets SGCN

  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: specifies implementation of CWCS


From the Strategy…

… to Action Plans…

…to the ground


SGCN Prioritizing Tool

  • Species by section filters

  • Based on user interests


NatureServe Conservation Status Ranks

  • Assessment of the species condition statewide (S) and rangewide (G).

    G1 or S1 Critically imperiled

    G2 or S2 Imperiled

    G3 or S3 Vulnerable

    G4 or S4 Apparently secure

    G5 or S5 Secure


A Vision for Focal Areas

Species A

+

1. Select Species

Species B

+

Species C

+

Species D

=

2. Overlay Known Distributions

Richness

High

Low


A Vision for Focal Areas

3. Compare with other priorities

Winter Range

Focus Streams

Unique Habitat

4. Your Focal Areas

High

Richness

Low


What are Focal Areas?

Resource Focal Area:

a geographical area necessary for the long-term persistence of SGCNs and their habitats (aka High Resource Value Areas or Biologically Important Areas) 

Management Focal Area:

a general geographical area that targets resources and efforts where they can benefit the largest number of species and habitats in need of conservation (likely includes species/habitats other than SGCN and may incorporate factors such as ownership, urgency of threat, etc.). 

Resource Focal Area:

a geographical area necessary for the long-term persistence of SGCNs and their habitats (aka High Resource Value Areas or Biologically Important Areas) 

Management Focal Area:

a general geographical area that targets resources and efforts where they can benefit the largest number of species and habitats in need of conservation (likely includes species/habitats other than SGCN and may incorporate factors such as ownership, urgency of threat, etc.). 


Hypothetical Example

SGCN Richness

Harlequin breeding

Important Corridors

Focal Areas


In or Out?

General areas important for SGCN but by no means are intended to imply that conservation actions should be restricted to these areas.


Regional Workshops

Coeur d’Alene

(Feb 11, 22)

SGCN Richness Maps

IDFG Input

IDFG Focal Area Maps

Partner Input

Final Focal Area Maps

Idaho Falls

(Apr 11, 25)

Boise

(Mar 19, Apr 3)


Workshop Objectives

Capture regional expertise and local knowledge.

Create ecological section-level focal area maps identifying areas of high conservation value.

Enable use of maps and action plans as a conservation tool for on the ground implementation and prioritization.


Specific Questions

Are there specific areas that need to be included as focal areas for SGCNs and their habitat (e.g., waterfalls for black swift)? Are there areas we currently have identified that should not be (e.g., errors in the models)?

Do these focal areas also include species or habitat significant to conservation for other reasons (e.g., migration corridors, big game winter range).

What conservation actions are necessary in each area?



Southeast Idaho Species

  • 1 Amphibian

  • 38 Birds

  • 16 Fishes (1)

  • 31 Invertebrates (17)

  • 14 Mammals (3)

  • 1 Reptiles

  • 101 Species of Greatest Conservation Need

  • (#) = Number of species lacking essential information pertaining to their status in Idaho.


    Priority Habitats & Systems

    • Dry conifer forest

    • Dune, canyon, and rockland

      • RM Alpine Bedrock and Scree, RM Dry Tundra

  • Subalpine forest

    • NRM Subalpine Dry Parkland

  • Mesic deciduous shrubland

  • Upland deciduous forest

    • RM Aspen Forest and Woodland, RM Bigtooth Maple Ravine Woodland

  • Southern xeric shrubland and steppe

  • IMB Montane Sagebrush Steppe, IMB Mountain Mahogany Woodland and Shrubland, IMB Greasewood Flat

  • Arableland (Herbaceous Planted and Cultivated)

  • Non-native herbaceous (Seeded Perennial Grassland)

  • Southern wetland

  • Riparian woodland

  • Open water


  • What’s Expected?

    • Edit, embellish focal area boundaries

    • Define criteria

    • Identify actions

    • The Maps…


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