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Partner Highlights Oct-Dec 2017

Date: 12/18/17

Monarch Butterfly Conservation in Texas: Read about recent monarch meetings in Texas.  As part of ongoing monarch conservation efforts, regional, state, and national stakeholders came together for the Texas Monarch Summit held at McKinney Roughs Nature Park on November 1-2, and the Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) hosted their annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas a week later.

Pecos River Initiative: The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced that six oil and natural gas companies with significant operations in the Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico have formed a new partnership to support conservation projects in the region. The Pecos Watershed Conservation Initiative will identify significant conservation opportunities that improve habitat, address water scarcity, improve water quality and engage local communities.

The Texas Gulf Coast’s Coastal Land Legacy Initiative: The Texas Gulf Coast region is home to some of the state's most iconic working lands. Yet they are fast disappearing, and with them, much of the culture and history that make the region unique. With support from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, the Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT) last year launched its Coastal Land Legacy Initiative (CLLI), partnering with other organizations to share conservation resources with landowners. Through CLLI, TALT is promoting the need to conserve the Coast Bend's working lands that provide food and fiber, wildlife habitat, and Texas’ wide open spaces.  Read more about Holly Farms, a showcase Coastal Bend project.

USFS National Fish & Aquatic Strategy: On Nov. 20, 2017, Chief Tooke of the U.S. Forest Service released the agency’s updated Rise to the Future: National Fish and Aquatic Strategy.  The strategy includes 8 high-priority, near-term action items for implementation.  

The New CitSci Fund: The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announces a competitive funding opportunity for citizen science projects. Awards of up to $25,000 are available for projects that take place on National Forest System lands or data and information collected must be used to meet a USFS information need.


Hypoxia Task Force 2017 Report: In November, the Task Force released its 2017 Report to Congress on the actions the federal, state, and tribal members have taken toward the goal of reducing nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in the Mississippi/Atchafalaya River Basin and shrinking the size of the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone.  The LCCs' / FWS Gulf Hypoxia Precision Conservation Blueprint is highlighted in Section 4.2.4.1.
The Report to Congress:

McFaddin Beach and Dune Restoration Awarded $15.8 Million: The Texas Trustee Implementation Group in charge of Deepwater Horizon coastal restoration formally adopted its first plan for allocating Natural Resource Damages Act funds to restore natural resources injured by the 2010 oil spill.  The plan's largest grant is for McFaddin Beach and Dune restoration along Jefferson County’s Gulf of Mexico coast, which includes placement of sand along approximately 17 miles of shoreline in northeastern Texas. This project will fund about a third of the estimated $45,000,000 total project cost. This project will provide important ecological benefits by restoring lost beach and dune habitat and by helping to slow or stop marsh and land loss in McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge interior marshes. 

NorWeST Aquatic Database: Hundreds of professionals from more than 100 natural resource agencies in the western U.S. contributed their river and stream temperature datasets collected over the last 20 years to help constitute the NorWeST database.  NorWeST hosts stream temperature data and climate scenarios in a variety of user-friendly digital formats for streams and rivers across the western U.S. This project was included support from Great Northern LCC and North Pacific LCC.

Wanted: Seed sources for grassland reconstructions: Marissa Ahlering, Lead Prairie Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota and member of the Prairie Reconstruction Initiative Advisory Team, is conducting research to synthesize the state of the science and policy regarding seed sources for grassland reconstructions and restorations. She is asking grassland reconstruction/restoration practitioners at all levels of management and implementation to share their knowledge to help understand the range of variability in existing policies and procedures surrounding the use of ‘locally’ sourced seed in grassland reconstructions and restorations across the Great Plains in North America (the U.S. and Canada).
 

Wetland & Aquatic Research Center Produces Grassland Priority Ranking Model


Release of the Spatial Hazard Events and Losses Database for the United States (SHELDUS)™ 16.0: The SHELDUS database now contains:

The new way of searching SHELDUS for Presidential Disaster Declarations (PDD) draws on FEMA Open Data and matches FEMA-declared counties with SHELDUS records. PDD-related records are no longer manually identified.