Andrea Thorpe Ph.D. Joins The Habitat Institute Board of Directors

Corvallis, Oregon—January 30, 2017—The Habitat Institute© today announced that Andrea Thorpe, Director of science with the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Program and Battelle Ecology, has been elected to The Habitat Institute’s board of directors.

“Andrea is highly skilled in gathering and synthesizing data on the impacts of climate change, land use change and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity and we are excited to welcome her to The Habitat Institute’s board of directors,” said Thomas O’Neill, The Habitat Institute’s Executive Director. “We believe her strong experience in ecology, especially in tackling complex scientific environmental issues and building a continental-scale nonprofit; will be extremely valuable as The Habitat Institute continues to grow around North America.”

The Habitat Institute welcomes Andrea Thorpe Ph.D. as a valuable addition to the board of directors.

 

CHAP TO BE UTILIZED UNDER USFWS NEW MITIGATION POLICY

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On November 21, 2016 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a final notice of the Service’s Mitigation Policy, which has been a guide for recommendations on mitigating adverse impacts of water and land developments on fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats since 1981. The revisions set forth are motivated by changes in conservation challenges and practices since 1981, including accelerating loss of habitats, effects of climate change, and advances in conservation science.

This Policy provides a framework for applying a landscape-scale approach to achieve, through application of the mitigation hierarchy, a net gain in conservation outcomes, or at a minimum, no net loss of resources and their values, services, and functions resulting from proposed actions.

Primary intent of the USFWS revised Mitigation Policy is to apply mitigation in a strategic manner that ensures a more efficient, effective, and consistent framework be utilized in activities on which conservation science is based. It is intended to serve as a single umbrella policy under which the Service may issue more detailed policies or guidance documents covering specific activities in the future.

The Institute’s Combined Habitat Assessment Protocols or CHAP may be utilized more so than the Service’s other approaches because of CHAP’s unique ability to address key aspect of the federal framework, including addressing values, services, and functions; resilience of resources in the face of climate change; and mitigation effectiveness, durability, transparency, and consistency.

This Policy is effective on November 21, 2016.

Federal Register:: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mitigation Policy

 

One of America’s greatest conservation scientists John Craighead is dead at 100.

During 12 years of research in Yellowstone, the Craighead twins, Frank and John, pioneered modern radio-collaring techniques for wildlife research. Photo by the Craighead Institute

During 12 years of research in Yellowstone, the Craighead twins, Frank and John, pioneered modern radio-collaring techniques for wildlife research. Photo by the Craighead Institute

Conservation science is much more than simply a focus to protect, sustain and conserve our world’s natural resources. Conservation is also an ethical responsibility that with possessing the privilege of this earth comes with it a duty of maintaining its ecological integrity. America has lost one man that knew this better than most.

Director and Chief Scientist at The Habitat Institute states “Craighead was the reason I went to the University of Montana and enrolled in Wildlife Biology. Later years, when I was leading the first black bear/habitat use study in Oregon, I tried to emulate his Scapegoat Bear Study, where he used remote sensing to map habitat.”

John Craighead legendary teachings in wildlife science, and his passion for nature have undoubtedly influenced many conservation scientists, and will not be forgotten by his successors.

Legendary wildlife scientist John Craighead dead at age 100.

(Please click above link for article published by Missoulian.)

Breaking News!

The Habitat Institute has just completed a 7 month scientific review of the Combined Habitat Assessment Protocols (CHAP) method that followed the National Academy of Sciences process.  The review was part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) model review overseen by their Planning Center of Expertise (PCX).

The Habitat Institute and the USACE will be working on next steps for implementation. 

 

Invitation Accepted

The Habitat Institute has accepted an invitation to present CHAP to the NRDA West Coast Joint Assessment Team, Seattle, WA.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Mitigation Policy

The Habitat Institute will be presenting to United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) a bureau within the Department of Interior on May 24TH, 2016. How Combined Habitat Assessment Protocols (CHAP) system can address requirements set forth in the Presidential Memorandum for Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources from Development and Encouraging Related Private Investment.
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR
THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
This CHAP presentation will touch base specifically on the details published in the Presidential Memorandum and USFWS’s Proposed Mitigation Policy: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/03/08/2016-05142/proposed-revisions-to-the-us-fish-and-wildlife-service-mitigation-policy