Outdoor News Bulletin

Outdoor News Bulletin

March 2018 Edition | Volume 72, Issue 3 | Published since 1946

The Young Forest Initiative - Southern Appalachian Style

Over the last several decades, the availability, connectivity, and quality of early successional forests has rapidly become the limiting factor for a number of at-risk species across the southern Appalachians. The Wildlife Management Institute has worked with partners in other regions of the country to implement young forest restoration efforts, and is now looking to expand the habitat projects into the southern Appalachians.

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Special Session on the Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy to be Held at the North American Conference

A variety of state, federal and non-governmental organizations will host a special session at the upcoming North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Norfolk, Virginia. Titled, “The Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy: A Model for Collaborative Conservation,” this session is scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to noon and will address planning wildlife conservation at large scales, particularly across various jurisdictional boundaries.

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Sample Report Card for Evaluating Basin Health Completed

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences (UMCES) recently completed a preliminary report card to provide an assessment of conditions in sample river basins. The report card can be used as a tool for prioritization and restoration decisions and as an outreach tool for helping communicate with the public. The preliminary report card was produced to provide a clear example of how such report cards could be used across other river basins and to determine how the report card should be improved for future iterations.

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Custom Duties - Missed Funding Opportunities

The role that excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing equipment and motorboat and small engine fuels play in supporting the American System of Conservation Funding is well documented. One aspect of this conservation funding model that is less understood are the import duties collected on fishing, boating, hunting and recreational equipment that is manufactured in other countries and shipped into U.S. markets.

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Cooperative Research Unit Corner

Recovery of Native Bonneville Cutthroat Trout in Right-hand Fork

Scientists with the USGS Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit are leading research on Utah’s native fish, the Bonneville cutthroat trout, a fish feared extinct in the 1970s. Researchers have monitored for fish abundance, density, distribution, size and age for nearly two decades. State managers found that the Bonneville cutthroat trout was still in Utah’s rivers and streams, but the sub-species was imperiled and had experienced dramatic reductions in abundance and distribution rangewide.

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