BCR 19 Breakout Session Results

Grasslands

  1. Woody invasion and exotic species
    a) Do more prescribed burning (need more training manpower, equipment, assistance with liability and money, government enforcement of maintenance agreements (CRP)
    b) Mechanical removal of woody species
    c) Partnerships with other government agencies to assist with burns on public and private lands – more manpower and equipment
    d) Spot spraying
  2. Conversion of grassland to cropland
    a) Need a new Sodbuster provision in the Farm Bill that pays incentives to leave native prairies
    b) Increase funding for Grassland Reserve Program
    c) Conservation easements (federal, state, NGOs)
  3. Lack of proper grazing systems
    a) Design and implement drought management plans
    b) Education of land managers/owners
    c) Conservation payment programs
    d) Use CRP as a grassbank to allow recovery of native range – e.g., move cattle from native range to CRP to rest native range
  4. Lack of burning and decreased plant diversity
    a) Same strategies as “Lack of proper grazing systems”
  5. Lack of manpower and partnerships
    a) Readjust workload (KDWP) – take other tasks off our plate when new priorities come along
    b) B-team (Bio-engineering) approach (i.e., like Rainwater Joint Venture)
  6. Habitat fragmentation of existing rangeland (e.g.. wind farming)
  7. Lack of landowner support for and participation in proper grassland management, lack of education pertaining to grassland management
  8. Lack of economic incentives for proper rangeland management programs
  9. Need to monitor management applications
  10. Too much chemical treatment of grasslands (e.g., wholesale spraying)
  11. Need to overcome government politics
  12. Lack of data as to species-specific effects of management

Public Lands Wetlands

  1. Need to develop a wetland acquisition process
    a) Set priority wetland needs, identify and assess wetlands to acquire, and establish guidelines for acquisition
    b) Make sure that adequate manpower will be available to manage any new wetlands acquired
  2. Need to maximize habitat diversity to support more diverse group of birds besides ducks and geese
    a) Improve wetland engineering, design, and management to maximize habitat diversity of new and existing properties
  3. Need more people (i.e., specialist marketing, monitoring, communication to deliver BCR programs
    a) Develop a marketing and education plan for the public that details why public land wetlands are important and worthy of funding
  4. Lack of funding for BCR (i.e., all bird conservation) program
  5. Lack of water, water rights, permits, and water delivery and some wetlands
    a) Assess water availability and needs for water rights and water-management infrastructure before acquiring and developing wetlands
    b) Statewide wetland coordinator who oversees wetland acquisition process, assesses water needs for public wetlands, development of management capabilities at new and existing public wetlands, and advises managers of new wetland management concepts and strategies
  6. Need for public education & outreach
  7. Offsite environmental concerns
  8. Need assessments for BCR species, population monitoring
  9. Public concerns over possible wetland negative impacts (West Nile Virus, blackbirds, etc.)
  10. Need to get more information on management of all birds to public land managers?

Private Lands Wetlands

  1. Competition between commodity vs. conservation payments
    a) Legislative work
    b) Generate grassroots support
    c) Get NGO help
    d) Educate FSA, Congress, farmers, general public about the issue
    e) Work with FSA state technical committees to ensure that federal FSA regulations are properly interpreted at the state level
  2. Farmers do not trust government agencies, lack of coordination in interagency program delivery (B-Team)
    a) Treat landowners with wetlands like a customer you want to keep
    b) Communication and outreach (one-on-one)
    c) B-team approach (using Rainwater Joint Venture approach and/or Kansas Association for Wetlands and Streams focus groups)
  3. Lack of landowner knowledge and general information of wetland values
    a) Communication and outreach (all methods)
  4. Not enough people and manpower
  5. Funding distribution (What does this mean?)
  6. Government does not understand farmer problems and concerns
  7. Process involved to participate in FSA programs (e.g., WRP) is too much trouble for amount of money