Wednesday, March 21, 2012

conflict between federal migratory bird protections & state / local feral cat ordinances

Added note: I have requested the paper when available.

LEGAL CONFLICTS IN NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND THE IMPLICATIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Joly, J. L.
PERFORMING ORGANIZATION: School of Natural Resources & Agricultural Sciences
UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA
FAIRBANKS, AK 99775

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CRIS NUMBER: 0224961 SUBFILE: CRIS
PROJECT NUMBER: ALK-10-05 SPONSOR AGENCY: NIFA
PROJECT TYPE: HATCH PROJECT STATUS: NEW MULTI-STATE PROJECT NUMBER: (N/A)
START DATE: Feb 1, 2011 TERMINATION DATE: Jan 31, 2015

CLASSIFICATION HEADINGS
KA610 - Domestic Policy Analysis
S0899 - Wildlife and natural fisheries, general/other
S6050 - Communities, areas, and regions
F3050 - Law
G2.1 - Expand Domestic Market Opportunities

KEYWORDS: legal conflicts~implications~climate change~natural resources management~land managers~law~policy~federal land~state land~public lands

PROGRESS: Jan 1, 2011 TO Dec 31, 2011

OUTPUTS: I have been examining how federal land management agencies have circumscribed their range of management options by clinging to regulations that are unnecessarily narrow interpretations of statutory language. As climate change alters landscapes and ecosystems agencies will need more, not fewer, management choices in order to meet their legal obligations. I am working on a comprehensive review paper that will target a more general audience and which will synthesize all of the work I have done to date on predator control, intensive management, and federal-state conflicts on wildlife management in Alaska. I hope to have this manuscript in a form ready for submission by spring 2012. I have begun a research project examining the conflict between federal migratory bird protections and state and local ordinances protecting feral cats which are often a major source of bird mortality. This work is being carried out in cooperation with Nell Fuller of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
PARTICIPANTS: I am working with Nell Fuller of the US Fish and Wildlife Service on the project examining conflicts between migratory bird protection laws and feral cat protections.
TARGET AUDIENCES: The target audiences for all of this work are land, resource, and wildlife managers at the federal and state levels, as well as the legal community that serves those sectors and the members of the public interested in those issues.

IMPACT: 2011-01-01 TO 2011-12-31 The examination of federal land management strategies in the face of climate change will have broad appeal to the land and wildlife management communities as well as the legal community that serves those sectors. While there is an ongoing push to amend existing land management laws or pass entirely new ones so that the law more directly acknowledges and addresses the challenges brought by climate change, such legislative change is still in the distant future. That means that at present the most effective changes will have to be made at the agency/regulatory level. This review paper will bring this body of work more readily into the hands of land and wildlife managers and agency policy makers. I hope that the final product will be very accessible and therefore useful to those individuals faced with these questions and conflicts everyday. Numerous published, scientific studies have demonstrated that feral cats kill millions of birds each year in the U.S. When birds are listed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as threatened or endangered, feral cats are often named part of the problem. Yet many state and local governments protect and even perpetuate feral cat populations. This work should be useful to wildlife and land managers and advocates struggling with balancing these various legal obligations.

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Feral Cat Blog! Resources:

Julie Lurman Joly, Faculty, University of Alaska, Fairbanks


Nell Fuller, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Grants Management Specialist
State Wildlife Grant Program (SWG)
Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

"The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), part of the executive branch of the Federal Government. Congress created NIFA through the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. NIFA replaced the former Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), which had been in existence since 1994."

"NIFA's unique mission is to advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities by supporting research, education, and extension programs in the Land-Grant University System and other partner organizations. NIFA doesn't perform actual research, education, and extension but rather helps fund it at the state and local level and provides program leadership in these areas."

About Hatch Grants

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Other CRIS Projects about feral or freeroaming cats that AnimalResources has previously shared with leading cat advocates nationwide:

DEVELOPING MANAGEMENT PRIORITIES FOR INTRODUCED WILDLIFE SPECIES IN HAWAI'I THROUGH STAKEHOLDER ACCEPTANCE CAPACITY AND DECISION THEORY
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Lepczyk, C. A. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION
NATURAL RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
UNIV OF HAWAII
HONOLULU,HI 96822

THE ROLE OF LOCAL AND LANDSCAPE-LEVEL ANTHROPOGENIC DISTURBANCE IN STRUCTURING FOREST WILDLIFE COMMUNITIES
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Rodewald, A. D. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION
SCHOOL OF NATURAL RESOURCES
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

NEBRASKA EXTENSION IPM COORDINATION AND SUPPORT PROGRAM
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Koelsch, R. Wright, R. Baxendale, F. Bernards, M. Bradshaw, J. Gaussoin, R. Hygnstrom, S. Jackson, T. Kamble, S. Ogg, C. Streich, A. Yonts, C. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION
UNL Extension
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA - LINCOLN EXTENSION
LINCOLN,NE 6858

Feral Cats and Their Management, 2010
Hildreth, Van Tassel, Hygnstrom