Webinar Aug 2, 1pm CDT: Combined Presentation of Desired Forest Condition Metrics & Wildlife Habitat Models for Open Pine Habitat & Species
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Details: If you are a forester, land manager, or landowner with pine forest and an interest in wildlife, then you will be interested in the combined presentation of two recently completed GCPO LCC-sponsored projects that address how to manage open pine savanna and woodlands to enhance wildlife habitat and biodiversity. The first project, “Developing and Applying Desired Forest Condition (DFC) Metrics for Open Pine Ecosystems” was recently completed by Rickie White, Project Manager/Ecologist with NatureServe. The second project, Using Wildlife Habitat Models to Evaluate Open Pine Desired Management Endpoints” was recently completed by Mike Conner PhD, Wildlife Ecologist and Lora Smith PhD, Associate Scientist, both of the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center.
The investigators in both projects collaborated to incorporate results from the wildlife based habitat models into the Desired Forest Condition metrics. The first project will present the Field Manual for Rapid Assessment Metrics for Wildlife and Biodiversity in Southern Open Pine Systems, which encompasses the full range of open pine ecosystems within the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks region. The second project will present how habitat models based on presence/absence data of 9 species in open pine habitats collected for up to 10 years was used to refine the open pine desired ecological conditions presented in the field manual. It will also highlight which habitat conditions most often limit habitat suitability for those indicator species.