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Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 6:36 AM
To: Anderson, Jane E.
Subject: Fw: 2010 Request for Proposals and emerging threat

Hi Jane,

FYI, this wouldn't need to be treated as an emerging threat.  As per the 2007 SWG guidance:

"E. Nuisance Wildlife and Wildlife Damage
SWG money may be used to address nuisance wildlife or situations involving damage caused by wildlife only if their emphasis is the conservation of SGCN and/or their habitats as indicated within a State’s Strategy."

So, if the SWG projects are doing feral hog management or restoration of SGCN habitat damaged by hogs, or studying effects on SGCN, for example, then they are allowed under the guidance.

Diana Swan
Fish and Wildlife Biologist
U.S.F.W.S., Federal Assistance Division
1875 Century Blvd., Ste. 240
Atlanta, GA  30345
phone: 404.679.7058
fax: 404.679.4160

"Anderson, Jane E." <>

11/18/2009 03:47 PM

"Sasse, Blake D." <>, "Irwin, Kelly J." <>, "Goad, David C." <>, <>, "Posey, Bill R." <>
FW: 2010 Request for Proposals and emerging threat

Jane E. Anderson
Assistant Chief - Wildlife Management Division
Wildlife Diversity Section
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
2 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas
501-351-5388 cell

From: Anderson, Jane E.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 2:44 PM
'Bill Holimon'; Filipek, Steve P.; ''; 'Betty Crump'; ''; ''; Shook, Doyle L.; Warriner, Matthew A.; ''; 'Dan Scheiman'
2010 Request for Proposals and emerging threat

Dear Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan Steering Committee:
I have received a request to add "Feral hog damage to riparian habitats in the South Central Plain and Mississippi Alluvial Plain" as an emerging issue for consideration within the scope of our 2010 RFP.  I enthusiastically support the idea because feral hog populations are exploding and the associated damage is a significant environment problem that will only worsen with neglect.
Below are some comments from Blake Sasse, who discusses  impacts of feral hogs to some of our Species of Greatest Conservation Need.
I would like to add this to our RFP, with your concurrence.   Please let me know by COB Friday if you have any comments.
The RFP with the updated match requirements is attached.  The 65:35 was a compromise - better than 50:50 but not as good as 75:25. Plus we get $900K rather than $700K!  Again, if you see any changes that need to be made to the RFP,  I'd appreciate them by COB Friday.

            While feral hogs have been present in Arkansas for quite some time, in recent years their population seems to have exploded – the number of Wildlife Management Areas on which they are known to be present has doubled to 29 since 2000.  Feral hogs are now found in all regions of the state, though they are probably most dense in the bottomland areas of southern Arkansas (  Feral hogs are predators of nests of ground nesting birds and will also eat small mammals (Wilcox and Van Buren 2009) and herpetofauna (Jolley 2007) and cause all sorts of havoc to agriculture as well as damage sensitive habitats such as seeps.  
            Based on prior food habits studies, six mammals listed as species of greatest conservation need are among the documented or potential prey of feral hogs in Arkansas: Plains Harvest Mouse (Reithrodontomys montanus), Desert Shrew (Notiosorex crawfordi), Eastern Harvest Mouse (Reithrodontomys humulis), Western Harvest Mouse (Reithrodontomys megalotis), Southeastern Shrew (Sorex longirostris), and Southern Bog Lemming (Synaptomys cooperi).
            These avian species of greatest conservation need are ground nesters or require low dense understories and can potentially be impacted by feral hogs:  Bachman’s Sparrow (Aimophila aestivalis)
American Woodcock (Scolopax minor), Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulean), Swainson’s Warbler (Limnothlypis swainsonii), EasternTowhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus), Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora pinus), Chuck-will’s-widow (Caprimulgus carolinensis), Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferous), Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina), Kentucky Warbler (Oporornis formosus), Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorus), Hooded Warbler (Wilsonia citrine), and Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus).  
Fecal contamination of waterways by feral hogs has been shown to be a threat to freshwater mussels in western Louisiana and could potentially be a problem for all Arkansas mussels listed as species of greatest conservation need (Kaller et al. 2007).  
            Thank you.  
Blake Sasse, Certified Wildlife Biologist®
Nongame Mammal/Furbearer Program Leader
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
213A Highway 89 South
Mayflower, AR 72106
Phone: 501-470-3650 Extension 235
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