Read reporter Steve Campbell's update in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram on the status of efforts to cobble together hundreds of thousands of acres in a “North Texas Quail Corridor” to restore wild bobwhite populations on working cattle ranches.
Shortleaf Pine Initiative
Stakeholder Workshop - Western Region
December 3-5, 2013
Ft. Smith, AR
Tuesday – December 3
8:00-5:00 Field Trip: Shortleaf Pine Restoration – Buffalo Road, USFS
7pm – 8pm Welcome Reception and Social – Holiday Inn
Wednesday – December 4
1) Provide an Overview of Shortleaf Pine Initiative and strategies.
2) Provide Breakout Sessions so partners can discuss specific issues related to shortleaf pine.
3) Discuss future restoration activities and partner involvement working toward desired ecological conditions.
7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast (on your own)
8:00 - 8:15 Welcome and Meeting Logistics – Black, NBCI, Anderson, TNC
8:15 – 8:30 Shortleaf Pine Initiative Overview and Timeline to Plan – Anderson, TNC
8:30 – 9:00 Shortleaf Pine in the Western Range – Chris Oswalt, USFS
9:00 – 9:30 Shortleaf Pine Working Group – Jane Fitzgerald, CHJV
9:45 - 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:30 Shortleaf Pine Habitats
Outcome: A list of the types of habitats we are referring to as Shortleaf Pine habitats. Status and Trends.
11:30 – 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 – 2:00 Threats to Shortleaf Pine Habitats
Outcome: Prioritized list of threat to shortleaf pine habitats.
2:00 – 3:00 Barriers to Shortleaf Pine Restoration.
Outcome: Prioritized list of barriers to shortleaf pine habitat restoration.
3:00 – 3:45 Break
3:45 – 5:00 Restoration Actions Taken To Date
Outcome: A list of the types, size, success, and location of restoration actions undertaken to restore shortleaf pine habitats
Dinner On your Own
Thursday – December 5
Day 2- Objectives:
1) Provide Breakout Sessions so partners can discuss specific issues related to shortleaf pine.
2) Discuss future restoration activities and partner involvement working toward desired ecological conditions.
7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast (on your own)
8:00 – 8:15 Re-cap day one
8:15 – 10:00 Strategies Implementation of Shortleaf Pine Habitat Restoration
Outcome: Prioritized list of key strategies that would be most effective in getting to shortleaf pine habitat restoration
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:30 Demonstration Sites in Western Region
Outcome: Mapped locations of current and potential shortleaf pine habitat restoration demonstration sites.
11:30 – 12:00 Road Map for the Future? - Martin Blaney, AGFC
1:00 SAF Meeting or Depart!
La Grange, TX – The Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) Partnership is pleased to announce a new program designed to help private landowners pay for the cost of wildlife habitat improvements on their property. The OPJV Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (GRIP) will pay qualifying landowners up to 75% of the estimated costs of eligible practices aimed at improving habitat for Northern Bobwhite and other grassland birds. Funding is available in the following Texas counties: Archer, Austin, Baylor, Callahan, Clay, Colorado, Dewitt, Ellis, Fayette, Gonzales, Karnes, Lavaca, Montague, Navarro, Shackelford, Stephens, Throckmorton, Washington, and Wilson.
The objective of the GRIP is to increase the amount of suitable habitat available to Northern Bobwhite and other grassland bird species which have been steadily declining throughout Texas for much of the past century. Along with unfavorable weather patterns, loss of suitable habitat has been the primary reason for the decline of these species. By improving habitat in key areas throughout the state, private landowners can help to address these historic declines that threaten the very existence of some of Texas’s most iconic bird species.
The GRIP is a partner-based, strategic approach to restoring grassland habitat on private land. This program is made available through generous support from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Upland Game Bird Stamp Funds, ConocoPhillips, Quail Coalition Chapters, and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Interested landowners in these counties should contact their local TPWD biologist for more information. Certain eligibility requirements for projects must be met in order to qualify for funding. TPWD biologists can be found at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/land/technical_guidance/biologists/.
About the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture
The OPJV is a regional, self-directed partnership of government and non-governmental organizations and individuals working across administrative boundaries to deliver landscape-level planning and science-based conservation, linking on-the-ground management with national bird population goals. The OPJV activities focus on a broad spectrum of bird conservation activities including biological planning, conservation design, conducting on-the-ground conservation delivery projects, organizing outreach, research, monitoring, creating decision support tools, and raising money for these activities through partner contributions and grants within the Oaks and Prairies Bird Conservation Region (BCR) and the Edwards Plateau BCR.
OPJV partner organizations include Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, National Wild Turkey Federation, American Bird Conservancy, Quail Coalition, Texas Wildlife Association, The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resource Conservation Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Native Prairies Association of Texas, Sutton Avian Research Center, University of North Texas Quail and various other local, state and national organizations. For more information on the OPJV visit www.opjv.org and follow @OPJV on Twitter.
"Quail, for all their fragility, can be amazingly resilient birds, with pairs producing multiple clutches of young when conditions are at their best. So all is not lost if an area can maintain suitable habitat and weather gives the birds and their landscape a break." Read more of what Shannon Tompkins writes in his look at the Texas quail situation in a recent story in the Houston Chronicle.
Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch in Texas has published its latest newsletter at http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/538021/ed0ebd80aa/1550501939/91f2c1c76c/