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Evolving Management Paradigms on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lands in the Prairie Pothole Region

Evolving Management Paradigms on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lands in the Prairie Pothole Region

Available online 11 January 2019 (In Press, Corrected Proof as of 5 February 2019): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rala.2018.12.004

Abstract

• The US Fish and Wildlife Service manages nearly 1 million acres of wetlands and grasslands in the Prairie Pothole Region.

•  Initial management paradigms focused on nesting cover for waterfowl and other birds, which led to idling prairies, and seeding former croplands to non-native plants.

•  Current paradigms encompass a broader focus on ecological integrity and biological diversity, resulting in increased defoliation of prairies and seeding former croplands to native plants.

Keywords: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Prairie Pothole Region; land management; waterfowl; fire; grazing

Citation

Dixon, Cami, Sara Vacek, and Todd Grant. "Evolving Management Paradigms on US Fish and Wildlife Service Lands in the Prairie Pothole Region." Rangelands (2019).

Corresponding author: Cami Dixon (Cami_dixon “at” fws.gov)

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