Daily Archives: March 9, 2014

Teaming With Wildlife Lauds Members of Congress for Supporting Conservation

The Teaming With Wildlife Coalition and the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Monday lauded Senators James Risch (R-ID) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) for their leadership in championing legislation that supports on-the-ground conservation to prevent fish and wildlife from becoming endangered.
The Congressional Awards presentation culminated the Teaming With Wildlife Coalition’s annual, two-day advocacy Fly-In on Capitol Hill to raise awareness of the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program, the only federal program providing funding to states and their partners to conserve the more than 12,000 species that are at risk of landing on the endangered species list.
“I recognize that I am receiving this award because of hardworking Idahoans who work to maximize every dollar of the state wildlife grant funding I’ve worked to secure and to keep species off of the endangered species list,” said Senator Risch.
“I’m very gratified by your recognition of me for, hopefully, what is our good contribution to your work to educate, promote and protect that which is wholesome, natural and good for the well-being of our country,” said Congressman Fortenberry.
The State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program provides each state and territory with approximately $1 million annually to develop and implement their congressionally mandated State Wildlife Action Plans. The Plans assess the health of each state’s wildlife and habitats; identify the problems they face; and outline the actions needed to conserve them over the long term. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is currently working to update their state plan in cooperation of Kansasconservation organizations and interested individuals.
Since 2010, funding for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program has been cut by more than 35 percent. In addition, further cuts to program lead to increased federal ESA listings and threaten the associated jobs and local economies tied the $45 billion wildlife recreation industry.
In addition to recognizing Members of Congress for their support of the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program, the Teaming With Coalition’s Steering Committee presented two awards to Coalition members.
The Virginia Conservation Network, an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), received the Teaming With Wildlife Member Achievement Award for outstanding achievement in supporting funding for state wildlife diversity conservation.
Approximately 100 attendees participated in the annual Teaming With Wildlife Fly-in held February 25-26 in Washington, DC. Fly-in advocates held meetings with Members and staff in more than 150 congressional offices.
For more information about Teaming With Wildlife and State Wildlife Action Plans, go to www.teaming.com.

Have You Seen a Prairie-chicken Lek this Spring?

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) is collecting opportunistic prairie-chicken lek observations again this year across Kansas. If you can help in this effort it would be greatly appreciated. Below are instructions for submitting a lek observation. Please share this link with other folks who you feel can help in this effort.
Chicken Lek Reporting Instructions
If you observe a prairie-chicken lek (display site) this spring please report your observation into KDWPT’s online database (link below). If you report a lek you will need to know the geographic coordinates (latitude and longitude) of the display site, which you can collect with either a GPS unit or by referencing a map. The location data and the date of observation are the only required information when reporting a lek. Other data will be accepted if you can gather it [e.g. bird count and species presence (greater and/or lesser prairie-chickens)].
The data from this effort are extremely important to the department because they help target prairie-chicken conservation programs and provide siting recommendations to energy developers. Your help will ensure that KDWPT is using the best possible data to make those decisions.
Reporting a Prairie-chicken Lek Observation: https://www.surveymonkey.com/chickenleks
If you have any questions, contact Jim Pitman, KDWPT’s Small Game Coordinator 620-342-0658.

Two Flint Hills Nature Trail Workshops Planned

Two Flint Hills Nature Trail Workshops Planned

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) and Kanza Rails to Trails Conservancy (KRTC) have scheduled two more design workshops for the public to share their thoughts on the development of the Flint Hills Nature Trail.
The Flint Hills Nature Trail is a rails-to-trails project that extends 117 miles from Osawatomie to Herington. Development of the Trail will encourage outdoor recreation and provide safer routes for pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. The trail will connect six counties and numerous communities along the way.
The design team of CFS Engineers and RDG Planning and Design is leading the planning and design of the trail.
A significant element of the project is learning and understanding public opinions about development of the trail using a series of community workshops. These are open sessions. No formal presentation is planned, and interested residents are invited to attend at their convenience. The workshop format allows visitors to learn about trail planning and design and to talk one-on-one with design team members.
Workshops will be held:
Monday, March 10
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Memorial Hall, near City Park
411 11th St.
Osawatomie, KS 66064

Monday, April 21
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Community Building – Osage City
517 S. First Street
Osage City, KS 66523