The Pine Woodland, Savanna, and Prairie Ecosystem Team now has recommendations for revisions to your cooperative’s Pine Woodland, Savanna, and Prairie Indicators. These changes are now open for comment until Jan 15th. You can either comment at the bottom of this post or email me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here are the proposed changes to the Indicators:
Index of pine woodland, savanna, and prairie birds
Proposed change: Reduce species list to RCW, Bachman’s sparrow, and Bobwhite. All of these species can be modeled reasonable well across the area and can still represent different levels of ecosystem integrity based on landscape metrics (e.g., patch size) and local conditions.
Occurrence of flatwoods salamanders Index of pine woodland, savanna, and prairie amphibians
Reason for selection: Amphibians provide an indicator of the condition and arrangement of embedded isolated wetlands, are being monitored and modeled, and are widely used and understood by diverse partners.
Proposed change: Flatwoods salamanders were always intended to be a “placeholder” for a more inclusive amphibian index and do not represent ecosystem integrity in the northern part of the LCC. This new indicator maintains consistency with the SEPARC Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCA’s) as a way to identify high integrity areas for amphibians within this ecosystem.
Acres of open canopy habitat that is regularly burned
Reason for selection: This indicator represents the overall structure and condition of the habitat, is easy to monitor and model, and is widely used and understood by diverse partners.
Proposed change: No recommended changes.
Acres of longleaf pine (cultural indicator)
Reason for selection: This indicator represents the cultural connections (both current and historical) between people and the longleaf ecosystem. Longleaf pine (and access to longleaf) is cultural important for the Catawba Indian Nation, the Gullah, and for preserving the historic landscape experienced by early settlers. It is being monitored and modeled, and is widely used and understood by diverse partners.
Proposed change: No recommended changes; however, due to the coarse level at which it can be depicted it will not be used in prioritization for Blueprint 2.0.
Indicators to be used to calculate Pine woodland, savanna, and prairie integrity: