Kulm Wetland Management District Habitat Management Plan

Metadata Updated: Aug 27, 2015

The purpose of this habitat management plan HMP is to provide a strategic plan for consistently and effectively protecting, acquiring, enhancing, restoring, and managing wetland and grassland habitat for waterfowl and other priority migratory bird species in the District. A recently completed North Dakota Wetland Management Districts Comprehensive Conservation Plan and a North Dakota Limitedinterest National Wildlife Refuges CCP provide overarching authority and guidance regarding habitat acquisition, protection, and management in the District. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Service has selected strategic habitat conservation SHC as its business model for conservation which requires that conservation delivery be focused at the landscape level, along with resource allocation, in areas that will have the greatest conservation benefit to priority trust species. The need for efficient conservation delivery is great because of recent acceleration in wetland drainage and conversion of grasslands for agricultural purposes throughout the Prairie Pothole Region PPR; Stephens et al. 2008, Fargione et al. 2009, Oslund et al. 2010, Doherty et al. 2013, Johnston 2013, Wright and Wimberley 2013, Johnston 2014. Staff at Kulm Wetland Management District District have prepared an SHCbased HMP, to direct conservation delivery in landscapes that can support the highest biological outcomes for priority migratory bird species such as breeding waterfowl Anas spp. The District primarily protects wetland and grassland habitat in perpetuity on 126,519 acres of wetland easements and 61,029 acres of grassland easements and on 45,302 acres of feetitle waterfowl production areas WPAs; N 201. This HMP uses defensible science including empirical specieshabitat relationship models to link conservation of priority species at the scale of Kulm WMD to the conservation of their populations within the North Dakota, South Dakota, and northeast Montana portions of the United States PPR. This HMP would be implemented through 2022 when the next revision of the CCP is scheduled to occur. Implementation of SHC also requires that conservation design and delivery be explicitly tied to population objectives i.e., desired population size, occupancy, demographic rate, densities in landscapes where the desired biological outcomes are predicted to occur Johnson et al. 2009. Staff at Kulm WMD has selected the following population objectives to guide conservation delivery within the SHC design during the next 8 years: 1 Target wetland conservation in landscapes that support 25 breeding duck pairsmi2 to maximize carrying capacity levels for breeding waterfowl Anas spp. and contribute to stable populations within the PPR; 2 Target grassland conservation in landscapes that support 60 breeding duck pairsmi2 Anas spp. and nest success levels above population maintenance levels 1520 nest successCowardin et al. 1985 to maximize waterfowl production and contribute to stable populations within the Prairie Pothole Region; 3 Increase habitat protection in landscapes that support high brood occupancy rates Walker et al.2013a characterized by high densities of small to midsize wetland basins and a high proportion of grassland within a 4 mi2 area to maintain waterfowl recruitment potential within the Prairie Pothole Region; 4 Target habitat conservation in landscapes that support high densities of priority wetland and grasslanddependent migratory bird species identified in this HMP. The goals, objectives, and strategies included in this HMP are linked to the SHC population objectives using a waterfowlbased landscape classification model that functions as a decision support tool to target resource allocation in landscapes where biological potential is the highest to support waterfowl carrying capacity, waterfowl production, and meet the habitat requirements of priority wetland and grassland dependent migratory birds.

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Metadata Created Date Aug 19, 2015
Metadata Updated Date Aug 27, 2015
Modified 2015-06-01T00:00:00Z

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Metadata Created Date Aug 19, 2015
Metadata Updated Date Aug 27, 2015
Publisher U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Richard Easterbrook
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Spatial Bone Hill National Wildlife Refuge, Dakota Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Kulm Wetland Management District, Maple River National Wildlife Refuge

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