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Ozark Summit 2008

 

Program

Presentations:

Missouri Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy

Arkansas Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy

Oklahoma Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Priorities for Ozark National Parks

Heartland Inventory & Monitoring Network, National Park Service

Mark Twain National Forest

Opportunities for Funding Sources and Partnered Research, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Natural Resource Monitoring Partnership, USGS National Biological Information Infrastructure

 

 

Background

In May 2004, resource managers and scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and National Park Service (NPS), met in Fayetteville, Arkansas to address Ozark resource issues of importance to the Department of the Interior. In addition to identifying key resource issues, participants recognized the need to work with additional Ozark stakeholders involved in natural resource research or management.

The First Ozark Summit

The USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center and the Missouri Chapter of The Nature Conservancy co-hosted the first Ozark Summit May 13 – 15 in West Plains, Missouri. The purpose was to improve Ozark-based natural resource research and management through active collaboration of scientists and managers from many agencies. Conservation targets had already been identified in agency planning documents; we intended to strengthen existing partnerships and develop new ones by identifying ways to begin or expand collaborative work on specific topics. The unifying theme of the first Summit was “Ozark Streams.”

Addressing Shared Ozark Resource Management Goals

Within the Ozarks, there is significant overlap in the species, habitats and conservation goals identified in State Wildlife Action Plans, The Nature Conservancy’s Ozarks Ecoregional Assessment, those identified by NPS, USFWS and USGS in 2004, as well as other agencies’ planning documents. Tremendous opportunity exists for working together at geographic locations; sharing monitoring protocols and research designs, products and results; and developing methods to measure management action effectiveness.  

We hope the first Ozark Summit can serve as a model for developing Ozark-wide conservation strategies to benefit a wide stakeholder base for many resource issues.

Planning Team
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Conservation Federation of Missouri
Missouri Department of Conservation
The Nature Conservancy, Arkansas Chapter
The Nature Conservancy, Missouri Chapter
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Breakout Group Reports

  • aquatic species movement
  • riparian habitat and restoration
  • recreational fisheries
  • water quality and quantity
  • partnering projects

Agency Documents

State Agency Wildlife Action Plans

Arkansas

Illinois

Missouri

Oklahoma

The Nature Conservancy

Ozarks Ecoregional Conservation Assessment

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Strategic Habitat Conservation 2006

     

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