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Challen nges Eastern Ta allgrass Prairie & Big Rivers LC CC Operations & Strategic Plan P – Executive Summary (draft 3/7/13) Ch haracterized by: extreme stress, s dynam mic economicss, intensive agricultural annd urban landd use Desired D qualiti ies: adaptable e, sustainable e, resilient La andscape stre essors o Climat te change o Invasiv ve species and diseases o Cropping changes o Declining upland gr rasslands o Urbanization o Lack of large restor rations o Agriculture nutrient and sedime ent runoff (Guulf of Mexico hypoxia) o Deman nd for water o Altered streams, riv vers and wetlands So ocial drivers o Land use u o Economics (food, fiber, fuel) o Organizational relat tionships Functio onal Landsc capes Functiona al landscapes may be defin ned as lands and a waters with the propeerties and elements requirred to support desirable popu ulations of fis sh and wildlife e, while also providing humman society wwith desired ggoods and servic ces, including g food, fiber, water, w energy y, and living sspace (FWS Suurrogate Speccies Technicaal Guidance, page 10). The LCC has h identified key habitats that support a functional landscape e for fish and wildlife speci ies in the ETP PBR. The Vistas – EExpansive reestoration sites and big ETPBR LCC C will focus on a specialize ed niche of tallgrass prairiee river systtems that reppresent the iconic and and big riv ver ecosystem m manageme ent, while ada apting historic laandscapes oof the region. approaches from other LCCs as app propriate for associated a wetland and a woodland d habitats in this t region. Gems – SScattered poockets of bioddiversity tha at Key Hab bitats remain tuucked amonng the workinng lands of a region largely dominnated by agriiculture and Ta allgrass Prair rie – emphasis s on upland grasslands, g in ncluding assoc ciated wetlan nds and wood dlands. urbanization. Big Rivers – em mphasis on flo oodplain and channel co onnections, in ncluding wate ershed impac cts. Associated hab bitats – adapt t approaches from adjoining LCCs as apppropriate. o Adapt wetland science from Plai ins & Prairie PPotholes LCC, , Upper Missiissippi/Great Lakes Joint J Venture e, and Playa Jo oint Venture, , especially foor western poortions of the ETPBR R LCC. o Adapt woodland sc cience from Appalachian A LCCC and Gulf CCoastal Plainss & Ozarks LCCC, especially for Easte ern hardwood d tillplain foreest in Indiana and Ohio Focal Area descrip ptions: Page 6 of 66 To conser rve tallgrass prairie p and riv ver habitats, the t LCC will also focus on ddominant lannd uses in the region, bo oth agricultur ral and urban.

Eastern Ta allgrass Prairie & Big Rivers LC CC Operations & Strategic Plan P – Executive Summary (draft 3/7/13) 1) Prairie Restora ation Techniq ques – Develo op and conneect functionall tallgrass prairie ecosystemms. 2) River Restorat tion Techniqu ues – Develop p and connectt functional bbig river ecosyystems. 3) Agroecology A Conservation C Practices – Use U economiccs and incentiives to influennce best management m practices p for habitat conse ervation on aggricultural woorking lands. 4) Urban U Rivers Conservation C n Practices – Promote P big rriver systems as a resourcee for green in nfrastructure and human connection c to o waterways in cities, subuurbs and smalll towns. Operati ional Fram meworks fo or Decision n‐Making The Steering Committe ee has adopte ed a set of sys stematic frammeworks for ddecision‐making, includingg Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC C), Structured d Decision Maaking (SDM) aand preliminaary criteria for project se election. Strategi ic Habitat Conservatio C on (SHC) Strategic Habitat Conservation prov vides an iterative process oof adaptive mmanagement supported byy informatio on management. Therefor re, the strateg gies within thhe ETPBR LCCC strategic plaan are categorrized according g to the follow wing SHC fram mework comp ponents: 1) Biological plan nning guided by b assumptio on‐driven reseearch throughh assessmentt (AS) and goaal se etting (GS) to identify and prioritize pro oblems that wwill guide targgeted conservvation design so olutions; 2) Program delive ery (DE) of co onservation ac ctions that immplement solutions; 3) Outcome‐base O ed monitoring g (MO) to eva aluate outcommes through rresearch thatt will guide iterative impro ovement; and d 4) In nformation management m ( IM) using dat ta, models annd communicaations to tracck and supporrt performance. Agencies and organizations use represent tative species s to iteratively y evaluate the t effectiven ness of conservat tion actions in n an adaptive e managem ment context. The US FWS is working with w stakehold ders to explore the develo opment of a surrogate s species ap pproach to pr rovide a consistent and efficien nt regional mechanism for biological planning and monitoring across the LCC. Figure 2. Model M for ide entifying research needs n for natural resource e managem ment (Science Needs) within the contex xt of Strategic Habitat Conservat tion. Page 7 of 66

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