Management Plans and Prioritization
Pacific Rim Conservation biologists have written or been involved in the development and writing of various natural resource management plans and exercises for prioritizing conservation actions and selecting among alternatives. We can use this experience to help you determine conservation goals and priorities, develop long-term management plans, and implement short-term work plans.
- Eric recently completed a Conservation Action Plan for Hawaiian Birds, under contract from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Migratory Birds. The purpose of this Hawaiian Bird Conservation Action Plan is to draw attention to the plight of Hawaiian birds, increase awareness of their conservation needs, and ultimately, increase the amount of funding available for their conservation. The plan consists of an Introduction and a series of species profiles that provide concise and up to date summaries which can be used by decision-makers, funding agencies, managers, and land owners to quickly access information. Each profile provides a brief summary of a particular species (or group of species), its status, the threats it faces, and conservation actions that are needed and can be implemented in the next five years. The Introduction and species profiles can be downloaded individually.
- Eric has been contracted to write a release plan for the ‘Alalā or Hawaiian Crow. The ‘Alalā is extinct in the wild but over 100 birds exist in captivity. This plan will provide comprehensive methods to guide habitat restoration and management, releases of ‘Alalā back into the wild, and post-release monitoring and management, with the goal of restoring a self-sustaining wild population. The plan is scheduled for completion in April 2012, and releases are planned for 2014.
- Under contract from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and in collaboration with the Farallon Institute, Lindsay prepared an update of the USFWS Pacific Regional Seabird Conservation Plan that addresses the effects of climate change on seabirds. This peer-reviewed update provided a synthesis of available information on existing and potential effects of climate change on seabirds and seabird habitats in the Pacific Region.
Also in collaboration with the USFWS, Eric is developing a series of species-based action plans that will provide detailed conservation actions over 5-year periods for the birds of Hawai'i. These plans will serve a similar purpose as the Partners in Flight program in North America, of which Hawaiian birds are not a part. The plans will be publicly accessible and will be useful for management agencies and funding organization in determining the needs and costs associated with conservation of Hawaiian birds.
- Identification of Important Birds Areas (IBAs) in the Hawaiian Islands, in collaboration with the National Audubon Society (see http://www.audubon.org/bird/iba/index.html) and BirdLife International (see http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/sites/sites_programme.html). Report 59
- Lindsay recently helped the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge in completing the biological section of their Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP). A CCP is a document that provides a framework for guiding refuge management decisions. The biological section included a description, location, condition, and the trends associated with wildlife or habitats, key ecological attributes, and stresses and sources of stress (collectively, "threats") to the species or habitat.
Pacific Rim Conservation offers complete coordination services to implement conservation projects. This can include all aspects of project management, including coordination of interested parties, meeting facilitation, subcontracting vendors, assisting with compliance documents, developing management plans and monitoring protocols, and assisting with public outreach.
- Lindsay is the new project coordinator for the Nihoku (Crater Hill) Ecosystem Restoration project at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge in partnership with the American Bird Conservancy. This project will be constructing a predator proof fence on the crater hill section of the refuge to serve as a translocation site for Newell’s Shearwaters.
- Lindsay was the coordinator for the Kaena Point Ecosystem Restoration Project, which completed construction of the first predator proof fence in the U.S. at Kaena Point on Oahu, Hawaii in 2011. This project was a collaboration with the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, Xcluder Pest-proof Fencing, and the Wildlife Society Hawaii Chapter. Coordination has involved assisting with completing regulatory and compliance documents, contracting and managing a public outreach campaign, development of a contract for the fencing vendor, assisting with the designing and implementing a predator eradication plan, designing and implementing pre- and post-eradication biological monitoring, and facilitating regular meetings between all stakeholders.