This webinar was presented August 5, 2015 at noon Central Time.
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Amity Bass and Sam Holcomb of the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries presented an overview of the 2015 Update to the Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan.
Overview: The Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan (WAP), approved in 2005 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, must be fully reviewed and revised by October 2015. The draft revised WAP is now available for public and partner review and comment. Significant changes to the WAP include major revisions to the list of Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN), a new section concerning climate change impacts to SGCN, and the identification of priority areas for the conservation of SGCN, known as Conservation Opportunity Areas (COAs).
Amity Bass is the Louisiana Natural Heritage Program Manager for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Her main responsibilities include coordinating the state’s work on rare, threatened, and endangered species and habitats, overseeing the implementation of the Louisiana State Wildlife Action Plan, and coordinating with partners for landscape level conservation in the Southeast. She also serves on the East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture Executive Board, LA NRCS State Technical Committee, the Gulf Coast Prairies LCC Science Team, and the SEAFWA Wildlife Diversity Committee. She received her M.S. in Biology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Sam Holcomb has been the State Wildlife Action Plan and State Wildlife Grants Coordinator for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries since 2011. His primary job duties include the implementation of the Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan, and managing all active State Wildlife Grants. For the last 3 years, Sam has devoted the majority of his time to the Wildlife Action Plan revision. He also represents LDWF on multiple committees, including the SEAFWA Wildlife Diversity Committee and the AFWA Wildlife Diversity/Wildlife Action Plan Coordinators Working Group. Sam received a B.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2003, and a M.S. from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2010, where his thesis research focused on the nesting ecology of Alligator Snapping Turtles.