Foundational Tools and SWAP Coordination Projects

RCN PHASE 2; PROJECT 4 FOUNDATIONAL TOOLS AND SWAP COORDINATION; JOB 3 NORTHEAST CONSERVATION STATUS ASSESSMENT

OBJECTIVE

Project 4 will conduct three investigations by 2023 that are necessary for the revision of the 2025 State Wildlife Action Plans. These investigations will examine landscape status, conservation projects, and best practices established over the past decade of SWAP implementation and create products that will inform all elements of 2025 Northeast SWAP revisions. 

·      Job 1 – Development and production of the 2022 Northeast Lexicon

·      Job 2 – Development and production of the 2023 Northeast Conservation Synthesis

·      Job 3 – Development and production of the 2022 Northeast Conservation Status Assessment

All jobs will be implemented via subcontracts with oversight from the Northeast State Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator Subcommittee or Northeast Fish and Wildlife Diversity Technical Committee. Job approaches are detailed below. 

Job 3.  Development and production of the 2022 Conservation Status of Fish, Wildlife, and Natural Habitats in the Northeast Landscape (i.e., Northeast Conservation Status Assessment Update)

Project leader: Jon Kart (Jon.Kart@vermont.gov)

Job 3 will update the 2011 report, produced for NEAFWA, titled, The Conservation Status of Fish, Wildlife, and Natural Habitats in the Northeast Landscape. The objectives are to re-assess habitat targets and indicators used in the 2011 report to identify changes and potential trends important to conservation in the NEAFWA region. This update will also weave into the analyses climate change projections to help states plan more resilient futures for fish, wildlife, and their habitats. A project steering committee of SWAP Coordinators and NEFWDTC members will meet with the Subcontractor throughout the project to help guide selection and refinement of datasets and analyses and to ensure project objectives are achieved.

 

  1. Phase 1 - Scoping

To complete this phase by 31 December 2021, the Subcontractor will:

  • Convene a steering committee of NEAFWA NEFWDTC and SWAP Coordinator Subcommittee members that will: help with selection and fine-tuning of targets, indicators and related datasets; provide input on report format and design; and provide guidance on relevance to Wildlife Action Plan needs throughout the project;
  • Assess and select targets, indicators and measures that will best explain the status of fish, wildlife, and natural habitats in the project area. Ideally these selections will align well with those used in the 2011 Northeast Conservation Status Assessment;
  • Identify relevant datasets, including those used in the 2011 Northeast Conservation Status Assessment, as well as data and information that address potential climate change impacts, climate refugia, habitat connectivity and other factors that can impact targets. Data sources can include Regional Conservation Need program projects, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service/Nature’s Network, the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, TNC, and others.
  1. Phase 2 – Data Acquisition and Management

To complete this phase by 30 June 2022, the Subcontractor will:

  • As needed, acquire and execute data sharing agreements with participating states and partners;
  • Acquire selected datasets and perform data quality assurance and quality control steps;
  • Update the protected lands map and other regional maps, as needed.

 

  1. Phase 3 – Report Production, Documentation and Delivery

To complete this phase by 31 December 2022, the Subcontractor will:

  • Analyze the collected datasets and other information to reveal the conservation status for the selected targets;
  • Develop a report format that allows states to use the report in its entirety (e.g., as a chapter or appendix) or by section for each target/habitat type;
  • *Develop a web-based ‘dashboard’ that allows users to work with the targets and indicators and drill down to learn about specific locations or variables (*pending award of an external grant currently in process);
  • Provide report sections, maps, data trends and dashboard features to the project steering committee for review and as a quality check on the data and results. The final product will reflect an agreed upon balance between detail and generalization.

LOCATION – Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies geography (Maine to Virginia)

Progress Reports

GSA Information

GSA Number: GSA 00151

GSA Title: Updating 3 Foundational Tools for the 2025 SWAP

GSA Contractor: The Nature Conservancy