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Eastern Hellbender Structural Habitat Augmentation Guidance

This is a technical document to provide guidance on the installation of structural habitat for adult and juvenile Eastern Hellbenders. The document details spacing, placement, and specifications for in-stream nest and cover rocks.

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Stream Habitat Improvement and Management or Structures for Wildlife Specs

Stream Habitat Improvement and Management or Structures for Wildlife Specs

This document contains specifications for nest and cover rock installation for Eastern Hellbenders.

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WLFW Programs and Partnerships Webinar Series- Session # 1 “What is Working Lands for Wildlife”

WLFW Programs and Partnerships Webinar Series- Session # 1 “What is Working Lands for Wildlife”

Session 13 of the WLFW East Region Conservation Webinar series was presented by Bridgett Costanzo, USDA’s Working Lands for Wildlife East Region Coordinator and Dr. Jess McGuire, PF/QF’s Working Lands for Wildlife Program Manager. This session focuses on what exactly is WLFW? This is the first session in the new mini-series “Programs and Partnerships.” Topics covered include the definition of WLFW, how it is funded, new frameworks to come, models showing the decision-making behind the frameworks, monitoring on WLFW projects, and a quick overview of the new app “Bobscapes.”

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WLFW Pollinator Conservation Webinar Series: Session # 12 Maintaining Pollinator Habitat

WLFW Pollinator Conservation Webinar Series: Session # 12 Maintaining Pollinator Habitat

Session 12 of the WLFW East Region Conservation Webinar series was presented by Brittney Viers, PF/QF’s Tennessee State Coordinator. This session focuses on how to properly maintain pollinator habitat and is the last session in the pollinator series. Topics covered include the history of Southern Grasslands, designing adequate seed mixes, utilizing native seed banks, planting methods, and management techniques.

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WLFW Pollinator Conservation Webinar Series: Session # 11 PF/QF’s Pollinator Habitat Program

WLFW Pollinator Conservation Webinar Series: Session # 11 PF/QF’s Pollinator Habitat Program

Session 11 of the WLFW East Region Conservation Webinar series was presented by Kim Cole, PF/QF’s Habitat Education Program Manager. This session focuses on resources for hosting pollinator events and is the second session on “pollinator outreach” in the series. Topics covered include Pollinator Habitat Outreach Program, Habitat Education Resources, and Milkweed in the Classroom.

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DOI Nature-based Solutions Roadmap

DOI Nature-based Solutions Roadmap

The purpose of the Department of the Interior Nature Based Solutions Roadmap is to provide Department of the Interior (DOI) staff with consistent and credible information about nature-based solutions, such as which strategies match certain conditions and goals, what co-benefits they are likely to provide, example projects, and additional resources for project planning, construction, and monitoring.

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USDA Launches New Bobwhite Conservation Pilot and  Announces General Conservation Reserve Program Signup

USDA Launches New Bobwhite Conservation Pilot and Announces General Conservation Reserve Program Signup

The opportunity we have been waiting for to stop the national decline of bobwhite quail. Using brand new science tools, WLFW will help landowners manage and connect grassland and savanna habitat in the Central and Eastern US. Together we can improve habitats, measure our progress, and reestablish this iconic rural species to our landscapes!

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WLFW Pollinator Conservation Webinar Series: Session # 10 How to Do a Pollinator Outreach Event

WLFW Pollinator Conservation Webinar Series: Session # 10 How to Do a Pollinator Outreach Event

Session 10 of the WLFW East Region Pollinator Conservation Webinar series was presented by Catherine Beall, South Dakota’s Monarch and Pollinator Coordinating Wildlife Biologist. This session focuses on how to host a pollinator outreach event and is the first session on “pollinator outreach” in the series. Topics covered include the first steps to consider when organizing an event, assembling an agenda, how to advertise, how to prepare the week of the event, things to consider on the day of the event, and follow-up after the event.

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WLFW Pollinator Conservation Webinar Series: Session # 9 Pollinators & Forestland-Underappreciated  Pollinator Habitat

WLFW Pollinator Conservation Webinar Series: Session # 9 Pollinators & Forestland-Underappreciated Pollinator Habitat

Session 9 of the WLFW Pollinator Conservation Webinar series, presented by Kass Urban-Mead, Pollinator Conservation Specialist for the Xerces Society and a Partner Biologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. This session focuses on the relationship of pollinators and forestland. Topics covered include an introduction to bee diversity and forest habitats, how bees and other pollinators use the woods, and forest health and pollinators.

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WLFW Pollinator Conservation Series: Session # 8 Pollinators and Livestock Grazing

WLFW Pollinator Conservation Series: Session # 8 Pollinators and Livestock Grazing

Session 8 of WLFW East Region Conservation Webinar series, presented by Jason Jones and Katrina Sims, Grassland and Grazing Coordinators in Ohio and Arkansas, respectively. This session focuses on grazing livestock with consideration of pollinators. This is the third of three sessions on “pollinator habitat” in the series. Topics covered include benefits of native grassland restoration, native grazing considerations for conservation planning, pasture conversion and establishment, and grazing strategies.

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WLFW Pollinator Conservation Webinar Series: Session # 7 Do I Need a Pollinator Seed Mix and How to Build One

WLFW Pollinator Conservation Webinar Series: Session # 7 Do I Need a Pollinator Seed Mix and How to Build One

Session 7 of WLFW Pollinator Conservation Webinar series, presented by Kelly Gill, Pollinator Conservation Specialist for the Xerces Society and a Partner Biologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. This session focuses on building seed mixes designed for pollinators and is the second of three sessions on “pollinator habitat” in the series. Topics covered include recognizing whether a seed mix is needed, various seed mix options through NRCS, and specific information needed to build a seed mix such as habitat design and species selection.

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Pebble Count Analyzer

Pebble Count Analyzer

Excel document to enter and analyze pebble count data to retrieve field values for the SQT.

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BEHI and NBS Processing Form

BEHI and NBS Processing Form

Excel document for processing BEHI and NBS data collected in the field.

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Large Woody Debris Index (LWDI) Manual

Large Woody Debris Index (LWDI) Manual

Methods for LWDI assessment to complete the Hellbender SQT.

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Macros by Tolerance

Document has macroinvertebrates sorted into groups 1, 2, and 3 based on pollution tolerance, with pictures.

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Parameter Selection Guide

Parameter Selection Guide

Print this document and keep in your clipboard for reference. This document lists with metrics should be measured for various types of WLFW projects.

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HBSQT Field Data Input Form (excel)

HBSQT Field Data Input Form (excel)

Excel document that mirrors the field datasheets for data input. Gray cells in this document are calculations that will give you field values for the HBSQT Spreadsheet.

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HBSQT Field Datasheet Package (pdf)

HBSQT Field Datasheet Package (pdf)

Download and print this packet to record field data for the HBSQT. You may need multiple copies of some of the pages (e.g. LWDI, BEHI)

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