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New England Cottontail Conservation Efforts. Anthony Tur US Fish and Wildlife Service New England Field Office Concord, New Hampshire. Obligate users. 1.0. New England cottontails. RELATIVE USE. 0.5. 0. 10. 20. 30. 40. 50. 60. 70. 80. 90. 100. AGE OF STAND. I- 293.

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New England Cottontail

Conservation Efforts

Anthony Tur

US Fish and Wildlife Service

New England Field Office

Concord, New Hampshire

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Obligate users

1.0

New England

cottontails

RELATIVE USE

0.5

0

10

20

30

40

50

60

70

80

90

100

AGE OF STAND

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I- 293

Route 3

Hawthorne Drive 1998

Everett Turnpike

Hawthorne Drive 2008

Habitat loss is the primary threat.

summary of findings
Summary of Findings
  • 86% Contraction in Range Since 1960.
  • NEC in 150 of 2,300 patches searched.
  • ~ 60% patches are considered habitat sinks.
  • EC is 5x more abundant.
  • Primary threat is habitat loss and fragmentation
candidate conservation in the usfws
Candidate Conservation in the USFWS

Assess species status and assist in the development and facilitation of voluntary conservation tools, so that those species do not need the protection of the Endangered Species Act.

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Listing Consideration

Section4(b)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act states that the Service will take ’’* * * into account those efforts, if any, being made by any State or foreign nation, or any political subdivision of a State or foreign nation, to protect such species *” when making listing decisions.

policy for evaluation of conservation efforts when making listing decisions pece
Policy for Evaluation of Conservation Efforts When Making Listing Decisions(PECE)
  • policy is intended to facilitate voluntary development of conservation efforts with Partners.
  • identifies criteria used to guide the Service when evaluating conservation efforts.
  • policy does not establish standards for conservation efforts.
basic elements of pece
Basic Elements of PECE

In evaluating these efforts, the Service will need;

  • Certainty that the Conservation Effort will be Implemented (9 elements)
  • Certainty that the Conservation Effort will be Effective (6 elements)
certainty of implementation
Certainty of Implementation
  • Level of effort needed to address threats is identified.
  • Authority for the actions is described.
  • Level of commitment to the effort by the Parties is described, including funding.
  • Implementation schedule is provided.
certainty of effectiveness
Certainty of Effectiveness
  • Threats are identified and addressed.
  • Adaptive management principles are incorporated.
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Conservation Design

  • Identify Conservation Focus Areas.
  • Identify Goals and Objectives for each.
  • Compile Focal Area Plans into Rangewide Conservation Strategy.
conservation goal
Conservation Goal
  • Implement conservation actions, throughout the range, to establish:
    • 1 NEC focal area capable of supporting 2,500 or more individuals;
    • 5 focal areas each capable of supporting 1,000 or more individuals; and
    • 12 focal areas each capable of supporting 500 or more individuals;
objectives
Objectives
  • Avoid further loss and fragmentation of existing populations;
  • Implement conservation actions that increase patch quality, quantity, and connectivity;
  • Establish management agreements to ensure that large, source populations remain viable and their habitats remain suitable;
  • Evaluate the role of eastern cottontails as a non-native competitor and implement conservation actions that address this threat, as appropriate.
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Green Infrastructure Model

for

NEC Conservation

Dispersal Corridor

Patch

Focal Area

Step 1. Identify focal areas.

Step 2. Improve patch quality, quantity and connectivity.

Step 3. Link focal areas through dispersal.

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257

75

735

225

2100

1575

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Organizational Structure for Conservation

of the

New England Cottontail

Legend

= Task

= Personnel

ADAPTIVE

MANAGEMENT

ADMINISTRATION

PLANNING

NEC Executive Board

Allocate

Resources

Develop

Conservation

Agreement

Identify

Assumptions

NEC Research Team

Biological

Planning

DesignStudy

Rangewide NEC Management Team

Conduct Study

State Coordinator

Prioritize

Actions

&

Compliance

Screen

Develop

Conservation

Design

Evaluate

Design

Modify

Design

Provide

Technical

Assistance

FOCUS AREA

ORGANIZATION

MONITORING &

REPORTING

CONSERVATION DELIVERY

Assess

Habitat

and

Population

Response

NEC Survey

Focus Area Coordinator

Prioritize

Actions

Translocation

Outreach &

Recruitment

Track

Progress

Project

Screening

Delivery

Focus Area Conservation Team

Habitat

Management

Site Planner

Easement

&

Acquisition

Standards

Land

Protection

Acquisition Partner

business model framework

1Research and Development

  • Investigate local opportunities and vulnerabilities
Business Model Framework
  • 2Marketing
  • Use analytical technology to identify and characterize landowners (the “market”) that may be recruited to benefit a target resource
  • Assess focal area
  • Develop rangewide plan.
  • Quantify needs.
  • Establish timeline.
  • 3Advertising
  • Conduct outreach
  • 4Technical Sales
  • Employ technical sales expertise that is versed in land and natural resource transactions and restoration concepts
  • 5Delivery
  • Develop efficient mechanisms to deliver conservation projects
  • 6Business Information System
  • Track real-time spatial information on the status of sales and delivery to measure model approach
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MONITORING

  • On-going research at UNH
    • Determine detection rates.
    • Develop population estimation tools.
  • Spatial Patch Occupancy Model (SPOM)?
hot topics
Hot Topics
  • Formation of Executive Committee
  • NRCS Initiative
    • ($6.8 million request for 5 years to deliver 2,500 acres of habitat on private land)
  • Captive Breeding Efforts
  • Development of Inbound Marketing Tools
  • April Tech. Committee mtg. at the NEFWC.
certainty of implementation1
Certainty of Implementation
  • Level of effort needed to address threats is identified.
  • Authority for the actions is described.
  • Level of commitment to the effort by the Parties is described, including funding.
  • Implementation schedule is provided.
certainty of effectiveness1
Certainty of Effectiveness
  • Threats are identified and addressed.
  • Adaptive management principles are incorporated.
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NEC as a barometer

NEC Conservation is not single species management

  • dispersal limited
  • year round resident
  • area sensitive
  • extreme habitat specialist