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108 Terrestrial Wildlife & Habitat Management & Conservation Specialist


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



To whom it may concern,

For proposal #108 (Terrestrial Wildlife and Habitat Management and Conservation), I would recommend that greater emphasis be placed on addressing climate change impacts as well as population growth and energy development. Since these three factors are so closely related, it seems logical to place them together.

It’s also worth considering metion of the California Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (managed by USFWS) in the list of federal organizations for interfacing (under 'Extention' section), as this entity is focused on building tools and networks for evaluating climate change and related stressor impacts to California’s wildlife.

There is great need for a Cooperative Extention specialist who can provide expertise related to climate change and habitat fragmentation impacts to wildlife species and associated habitats in California's National Forests. With the recent increase in federal land management collaborative restoration and conservation planning efforts in California, it is an ideal time to have increased involvement of a Terrestrial Wildlife and Habitat Specialist in the region. I fully support the proposal for this specialist position.

Thank you for considering my comments.

Marc Meyer
Southern Sierra Nevada Province Ecologist
USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region
Posted May 1, 2012 3:26 PM by Marc Meyer
The Terestrial Wildlife and Habitat Management and Conservation position (Proposal #108) is a much needed position as our wildlife conservation needs evolve. I'd like to see an even greater emphasis on studying impacts from population growth, habitat fragmentation and loss of connectivity, and renewable energy development because these will likely continue to be the most critical for most species. As a part of problems associated with urban expansion, I'd also like to see mentioned statewide coordination of impacts from transportation-related projects and the continued loss of connectivity for populations.

In addition to the general directive to work closely with other professionals and stakeholders, I suggest specifically mentioning "outreach activities" to directly educate various stakeholders including ranchers and other land owners.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this proposed and much needed position.

Dave Johnston
Senior Wildlife Ecologist
H. T. Harvey & Associates
Los Gatos, Ca
Posted May 18, 2012 5:20 PM by Dave Johnston
First, I concur with comments by Marc Meyer and Dave Johnston. In addition, as training of our youth now will provide direction in the future, I recommend that this specialist provide support and advice to the 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program (WHEP). It has a very dedicated cadre of volunteers who badly need C/E specialist support In my previous experience as Wildlife Enhancement Specialist, at various times I worked closely with ranchers, farmers, waterfowl hunting groups, 4-H, and agencies. During my last years I was heavily involved with helping landowners cope with the Endangered Species Act. The first thing a new specialist should do is tour the county offices, visit state and federal agencies and other interest groups before planning a program. There is enough work in this topic for a whole cadre of specialists and the incumbent must be able to prioritize according to statewide needs, identification of what others can accomplish, and his/her abilities. The demand for research and information is tremendous in this area, and one person cannot do it all. I highly recommend filling this position.
Posted Aug 1, 2012 7:44 PM by E. Lee Fitzhugh

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