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Monday, November 2 • 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Enhancing Wildlife Habitat in Forested Wetlands Across the Mississippi Alluvial Valley: An Example of Collaborative Landscape Conservation

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Donald Locascio Jr., Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; Keith McKnight, Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture

The history of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley is one of exploration and conversion of an internationally significant forest resource to predominantly agricultural land use. Yet it is also one of dedicated natural resource managers collaborating across disciplines to better understand and apply the art, science, and practice of bottomland hardwood forest restoration and management to provide sustainable habitat for wildlife. In 2004, the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture’s Management Board chartered an inter-agency, inter-disciplinary working group to further investigate and address forest management as it relates to enhancing wildlife habitat. The LMVJV’s Forest Resource Conservation Working Group drafted a document entitled “Restoration, Management, and Monitoring of Forest Resources in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley: Recommendations for Enhancing Wildlife Habitat”. The document was accepted by the LMVJV Management Board in 2007 and was subsequently adopted by all participating state and federal wildlife agencies managing lands within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Through outreach activities these management recommendations have been adopted by additional governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private non-industrial landowners sharing a common interest for wildlife conservation through management of their landholdings. Further, the expertise, broad perspective, and collaborative approach of this Working Group has led to the development of enriched and expanded partnership activities on behalf of forest resources within the LMVJV. This presentation will discuss the collaborative effort of the Forest Resource Conservation Working Group in hopes it can be used to inform for others in their efforts to improve and enhance wildlife habitat across large landscapes.

Monday November 2, 2015 2:00pm - 2:20pm EST
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