Steering Committee Meeting Summary
Attendees: Doug Zoellner, TNC
Allan Mueller, TNC
Bill Holimon, ANHC
Steve Osborne, FWS
Steve Filipek, AGFC
Betty Crump, USFS and AAS
Ken Smith, Audubon Arkansas
Brad Carner, AGFC
Ian Hope, AGFC
Kris Rutherford, AGFC
Jeff Holmes, Conservation Southeast, Inc.
Jane Anderson, AGFC
CWCS Steering Committee Agenda
Abundance And Distribution Of Fishes In Floodplain Wetlands Of The
Species And Habitat Projects Funded By SWG Prior To Oct. 2006
Strategic Outline For The Attention Impaired
Identifying And Prioritizing Annual Implementation Actions: A Strategic
Priority List Of Projects Identified By Habitat And Taxa Association
Arkansas River/Wetland project. David
Goad, Assistant Director, introduced Bryan Day, Assistant
City Manager, Mark Webre, City Parks engineer, and Wilson
Tolefree, Director of Little Rocks Park and Recreation. They
introduced an Arkansas River/Wetland project
that would involve land in front of the AGFC Nature Center (under
construction) and a downstream rectangular ten-acre dike field composed
of dredged material from the Arkansas River Navigation Project. To be
eligible for SWG funding, the project is required to benefit species of
greatest conservation concern (handout 2). SWG Funding is not intended
for educational or recreational aspects of projects.
David Goad asked us to assist the City in looking for ways to
design this project to make it appropriate for SWG funding because of
the benefits to public approval of the State Wildlife Action Plan goals.
He also noted that grants management and project accounting are in the
process of being reworked and that having a single project rather than
several would be helpful to that process for this year.
Others noted that the project was worthy
but perhaps inappropriate for this source of funding. Doug
Zoellner of TNC noted that he often hears of mitigation offers
for local projects and perhaps these could be useful.
CWCS update. Jane Anderson reported
that the CWCS plan has been conditionally approved. Further work
required in elements 5 and 6 prior to resubmittal before November 2.
2006. Funds for State Wildlife Grants appropriated for 2006 have not
been budgeted except for ongoing projects. The following development of
a procedure to prioritize projects is part of the requirements.
Procedure for project prioritization.
The Steering Committee reviewed and revised the general procedure of
prioritizing data gaps, monitoring and conservation to the following:
Categories of Implementation:
Data Gaps (baseline inventory, research)
Conservation Actions (protection,
management, restoration, etc.)
Step 1: Populate CWCS database with
best science available (AGFC and partners)
Step 2: Use CWCS database to generate
a ranked implementation list based on weights and rankings assigned in
Step 1 (AGFC)
Step 3: Develop a draft 10-year
implementation schedule (Taxa and Habitat Teams)
Step 4: Identify and rank 2-year
implementation priorities (Taxa and Habitat Teams to Steering Committee)
Step 5: Recommend annual
implementation priorities (Steering Committee to Implementation Team)
Step 6: Provide results of Step 5 to
Steering Committee for review, then request proposals (Require
monitoring element if applicable in each proposal). Provide list of
pre-proposals with budgets to AGFC implementation team, which includes
Assistant Director, Chief of Wildlife, Chief of Fisheries and two
leadership level representatives from two other SWAP partners for final
approval and to address budgeting.
Step 7: Implementation strategies are
revised on an ongoing basis as Conservation Actions, Data Gaps, and
Monitoring issues are addressed.
Step 8: Every 10 years review and
revise entire CWCS process as needed, from top to bottom, including
database, protocols, fundamental logic, etc. (AGFC and partners)
Every 10 years beginning in 2015
The Steering Committee was asked to
recommend annual implementation priorities - Step 5 in procedure above.
These have been grouped by similar projects for the purpose of
facilitating explanation to the implementation team and AGFC
Ken Smith discussed a request for
funding ($45K SWG share) to support Important Bird Area project proposed
by Dan Scheiman. This is a continuance of ongoing work involving several
team members. No vote was taken.
Meeting adjourned at 3:45 p.m.
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