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Gulf Coast  Prairie  LCC   Coordinator  Bill  Bartush     December  7,  2012  

Gulf Coast  Prairie  (GCP)  

Landscape Conservation  Cooperative  (LCC)   • Cooperatives  (LCCs)  are  a  continental  effort  to   engage  in  collaborative  Conservation;   • Taking  on  multi-­‐state  &  international  issues;   • Focus  on  Landscapes;   • Species  &  Habitats;   • Change  Indicators;   • Prairie  Wildlife  TRULY      a  Canary  in  the  Coal  Mine!  

The Power of Partnerships “partnerships can

enable a level of conservation that no single agency or organization can accomplish alone�

…to ensure  that  we  accomplish  the  right   things,  in  the  right  places,  at  the  right   times  based  on  sound  science,  good   planning,  monitoring  of  outcomes,  and   adaptive  management  

Outline –  Prairies,  LCCs,  and  Climate   •  Background  on  LCCs   •  Why?  How?  Who?  What?  Where?  

•  The Gulf  Coast  Prairie  LCC     •  The  place,  partners,  and  resources   •  Function  and  form  –  examples  of  value-­‐added  LCC  

•  Why are  we  here?   •  Issues  –  More  People,  Declining  Resources,  Climate  Change   •  Climate,  Weather,  or  People??   •  Where  Are  We  ?    What  can  WE  DO?  

GCPLCC -­‐  Purpose  Today   •  Celebrate  Prairies  –  our  rich  Heritage   •  Bring  Global  Issues  to  our  doorstep   •  Discuss  CLIMATE  or  Weather   •  Discuss  People  –  Urban  Growth  “demand  more”   •  Recognize  Disturbance  –  Drought,  Flood,  Fire   •  Conservation  -­‐  with  many  more  people   •  Adaptation  –  what  can  we  do?   •  Habitat  System  for  North  America   •  All  Things  PRAIRIES  –  Partner  &  Plan  

The Impetus  for  LCCs:  Why   “The  conservation  challenges  of  the  21st  Century   represent  a  force  of  change  more  far-­‐reaching  and   consequential  than  any  previously  encountered.”   We We’re are headed here here 2010:2040: 6.7 B10 B

Invasive Species Urbanization Pollution Globaland Climate and Contaminants Habitat Change Loss Emerging Infectious Diseases

Changing Land use and Energy Water Quality Development and Quantity Issues Agricultural Practices

Mission of  LCCs:  Who  and  What   •  LCCs  are  self-­‐directed,  non-­‐regulatory  conservation  partnerships     comprised  of  private,  state,  and  federal  agencies  and  organizations   that  exist  to  define,  design,  and  deliver  landscapes  capable  of   sustaining  natural  and  cultural  resources  at  desired  levels   nationwide,  now  and  into  the  future.   •  Seamless  network  –  founded  on  Science  

GCPLCC: BToundaries:   he  Place  Where   LCC  Geographic  

GCP LCC:  The  Partners   •  The  Partners*   •  State


•  Louisiana DWF   •  Oklahoma  DWC   •  Texas  PWD   •  MS  &  KS  

• Partnerships • Joint  Ventures     • Fish  Habitat  Partners  

  Federal


US Fish  and  Wildlife  Service     US  Geological  Survey     National  Park  Service     Natural  Resources  Conservation  Service     Department  of  Commerce  NOAA    

  Private &  NGO    

American Bird  Conservancy     Ducks  Unlimited     The  Nature  Conservancy     The  Conservation  Fund    

GCPLCC –  Setting  Context    Let’s  Bring  Global  Issues     to  our  doorstep  

 Discuss CLIMATE  or  Weather   Is  it  just  ME   OR   Do  we  seem  kinda  dry?  

• Increase in the magnitude and frequency of extreme events • More untimely freezes • Longer summers • More intense but less frequent rain events • Increase in the frequency of ice storms and blizzards • Fewer cold, hard winters


  Expect  More  Extreme  Weather Texas Weather

Less Rain Dry Winters Summer Rain

GCPLCC –  Setting  the  Context    Let’s  Bring  Global  Issues     to  our  doorstep  

 Our Growing  Population   Is  it  just  ME   OR   Do  you  feel  crowded?  

Head of Elm St. Jo TX

2020 2010 2000 1990 1980 1970 1960 1950 1940 2030

Conservation –  In  the  News   • Texas  Fires  2011:   •  Over  1  Million  Acres  Burned  In  Wildfires

• Drought: “rearing  its  ugly  head”   •  Agriculture  Loss  of  Over  $7.62  billion   •  Reservoirs LOW (many less 60% capacity)

• Rice Farmers Disappointed •  LCRA decision to withhold water •  Rice farming good for economy, good for waterfowl

•  Fish Kill  on  Red  River  Still  Under  Investigation  

Purple Finch: Considered an ‌

"irruptive species“ winters far south in some winters; as temperatures increased birds have not gone as far south overall North movement of over 433 miles in the last 40 yrs.

moving NORTH

Almost gone from Texas in 1940, prompting Research & Conservation actions.

White-winged Dove

Once restricted to far South Texas & Mexico, the White-winged dove now nests well north into the TX Panhandle, North TX & Oklahoma!   White-winged dove Texas history - Ups & Downs;   Farming = over 12 million WW dove by 1923;   By 1939, WW dove in TX dropped to less than 300,000;   White-winged Dove Stamp 1971 to 2005 = $$   $$ Used to Purchase 12,000 ac Rio Grande Valley


Majority of nesting occurs within the cities; nesting white-winged doves seem to prefer older more established residential neighborhoods with live oak, pecan, and ash trees. Perhaps protection from predators, consistent food and water (lawns & bird feeders).   In contrast - Mourning dove are on long-term decline;   Agricultural practices in southern plains have changed;   Climate and other stressors may be factors in this change.

Black-capped Vireo Restricted by Disturbance Can we Grow & Manage ?? Fire Frequency •  More East •  Less West

What will be the IMPACTS of

Dryer & Hotter Climate On Habitat?

GCPLCC –  SO  what  do  WE  do?    Work  together   Private,  State,  Federal,  &  NGO  

 Partner and  Collaborate   use  science  –  seek  facts   Use  Data  &  Develop  Tools    

 Plan to  Manage   manage  through  the  PLAN  

Global, National,  State,  &  Local!  

GCPLCC –  Adding  Value  to  Conservation   use science – seek facts Use Data & Develop Tools


Urbanization Projections

Global, National, State, & Local!

GCPLCC –  Adding  Value  to  Conservation    Work  together   Private,  State,  Federal,  &  NGO    Partner  and  Collaborate   use  science  –  seek  facts   Use  Data  &  Develop  Tools    

 Incorporate change  into  conservation  planning    #1  in  adaptive  management  process      Stressors:    Energy  Development  &  Fragmentation          Urban  Growth            Climate  &  Sea  Level  Rise  

Global, National,  State,  &  Local!  

GCPLCC –  WE  can  SUPPORT  collective  Vision    Work  together   Private,  State,  Federal,  &  NGO  

 Partner and  Collaborate   use  science  –  seek  facts   Use  Data  &  Develop  Tools    

 Plan to  Manage   manage  through  the  PLAN  

Global, National,  State,  &  Local!  


To develop,  synthesize  and  disseminate   information  and  tools  that  help   accelerate  conservation  of  wildlife   habitat  in  the  United  States.   38






How much  land  needs  

What ecosystem  

How much  funding  is  

What are  the  

What portion  of  

and what  will  it  cost?  

services from  

available across  

relative financial  

the conservation  

conserved land  ?  

sectors for  habitat  

efficiencies of  

bill is  paid  by  


deeds, easements,  

public vs.  private  

and stewardship  



Landscape-scale conservation is imperative • 

Wildlife conservation must occur on a scale beyond single species or threatened species and focus on regional communities and habitats.


Requires cross-jurisdictional approaches with multi-stakeholder engagement including: landowners, conservation, recreation, agriculture, forestry groups, and local/ state/federal governments.


GCPLCC –  WE  can  SUPPORT  collective  Vision    Work  together   Private,  State,  Federal,  &  NGO  

 Partner and  Collaborate   use  science  –  seek  facts   Use  Data  &  Develop  Tools    

 Plan to  Manage   manage  through  the  PLAN  

Connectivity and  Corridors   Global,  National,  State,  &  Local!  

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SGCN/SERI, Habitats,  and   Landscape  Priorities:   Enhancing  Conservation   Delivery   Duane  German,  TPWD   Landscape  Ecology   Wendy  Connally,  TPWD   Action  Plan  Coordinator +  

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Gulf Coast  Prairies   &  Marshes   South  Texas  Plains   Edwards  Plateau   Cross  Timbers   Texas  Blackland   Prairies  


State Wildlife  Action   Plans,  SEAFWA,   GCPLCC,  JV,   International  Priorities  

•  Texas •  Oklahoma   •  Louisiana   •  Mexico  


species selec@on   habitat  classifica@on   priority  seCng   available  technology   resource  alloca@on   coordina@on  capacity  

SGCN –  Focal  Species  –  Surrogates   Habitats,  Systems,  and  Landscapes   *  Priorities  *  

CLOSING COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Bill Bartush   Gulf  Coast  Prairie  LCC  Coordinator   National  Wetland  Research  Center   Lafayette,  LA   (337)  266-­‐8816  

Cooperative Strategy for Connecting Prairie Landscapes  

by Bill Bartush

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