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RCN PHASE 2; PROJECT 3 TECHNICAL SERVICES; JOB 1 TECHNICAL SUPPORT AND DATABASE MANAGEMENT

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The objective of this project is to continue implementation of regional conservation of the NEAFWA’s Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Need and the NE SWAP key priorities, influencing regional and national conservation by supporting the development and maintenance of technical tools and products that clearly define conservation...

RCN PHASE 2; PROJECT 2 POLLINATORS; JOB 4 COORDINATE PROJECT TEAM

Sharing and improving best management practices – Talented and experienced managers from throughout the region have already made great strides fine-tuning management techniques and developing best practices.  There is a need, however, for more communication, coordination, and knowledge sharing—a major objective of this proposal. Specifically, we propose to establish a regional steering...

RCN PHASE 2; PROJECT 2 POLLINATORS; JOB 3 ADAPTIVE HABITAT MANAGEMENT & BMPS

Establishment of a regional network of experimental adaptive management sites where coordinated management and monitoring will lead to management improvements over time (e.g. ensuring adequate representation of forbs, bare soil and other key pollinator habitat features; improving habitat for other RSGCN; lowering management costs and treatment frequency to the greatest extent practical...

RCN PHASE 2; PROJECT 2 POLLINATORS; JOB 2 VEGETATION MONITORING PROTOCOLS

Many pollinators depend upon open habitats and canopy gaps for foraging, and recent studies suggest that, in the Northeast, xeric, fire-influenced grasslands and barrens support a unique native pollinator assemblage.[1]  These habitats are found in states throughout the Northeast Region, require active management,...

RCN PHASE 2; PROJECT 2 POLLINATORS; JOB 1 POLLINATOR MONITORING PROTOCOLS

Recent declines in commercial honey bee colonies, and potential impacts on crop production, have heightened attention on the plight of native pollinators.  Although many groups of native pollinators remain understudied and poorly understood, there is increasing evidence of alarming declines in some species.  For example, the once widespread rusty-patched bumblebee was recently listed as...

Wood Turtle

RCN PHASE 2; PROJECT 1 TURTLES; JOB 4 WOOD & BLANDING'S TURTLE CONSERVATION

This initiative will improve our overall effectiveness in conserving, restoring, and managing landscapes critical for the conservation of Blanding’s and Wood Turtles, and other species as appropriate in conjunction with Wood and Blanding’s Turtles, building upon years of dedicated coordination among Northeastern States to identify the most important landscapes and necessary conservation...

RCN PHASE 2; PROJECT 1 TURTLES; JOB 3 ROAD MITIGATION

This initiative will improve our overall approach to identifying turtle road mortality concentrations, designing effective mitigation strategies, and assessing mitigation efforts. Road mortality associated with habitat fragmentation is a major threat to the persistence of freshwater turtle and Diamondback Terrapin populations. Preventive measures for road mortality include warning signs for motorists, turtle-...

Eastern Box Turtle

RCN PHASE 2; PROJECT 1 TURTLES; JOB 2 EASTERN BOX TURTLE CONSERVATION

This job will develop a Status Assessment and Conservation Plan for Northeastern populations of the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina), an at-risk species that has declined across much of its range from New England to Virginia. At this time, there is no formal, inter-state coordination for Eastern Box Turtles in the Northeastern USA.  Notably, there are many citizen science efforts in place for...

Spotted Turtle

RCN PHASE 2; PROJECT 1 TURTLES; JOB 1 SPOTTED TURTLE CONSERVATION

Job (1) Spotted Turtle Conservation Genetics & Expanded Conservation Planning will expand and capitalize upon a recently funded Competitive State Wildlife Grant (CSWG) to develop a Conservation Plan for the Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata). Multiple state partners from across the range of this species will be conducting standardized population assessments from 2018 to 2020...

Even before the widespread incidence and threats of White-nose syndrome (WNS) were known, human disturbance to bats while they hibernate has been a well-documented threat in the Northeast.  Many of the pre-WNS conservation efforts focused on better protection of critical winter habitat for bats, which can include caves, abandoned mines, sinkholes, aqueducts and other locations natural or man-made where bats overwinter.  Management actions can improve the structures for bats while preventing...

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