Midwest Landscape Initiative

The Midwest Landscape Initiative identifies shared conservation and management priorities that require the development of scalable collaborative solutions to achieve healthy, functioning ecosystems in the Midwest. Guided by federal and state fish and wildlife agencies across the Midwest, we recognize our important role and unique responsibilities to conserve the natural landscape and the incredible biodiversity it supports based on our best available science.

An organized structure co-identifies priorities and strategies to guide voluntary action plans. We currently place special emphasis on:

  1. At-risk species by using landscape-based conservation efforts to minimize the need to list species as threatened or endangered;
  2. Wind energy to identify impacts to wildlife from wind energy development and produce guidelines for siting and operations to avoid or minimize impacts; and
  3. Habitat inventory and assessment tools to understand landscape level trends in distribution, abundance and condition of natural communities across the region to identify opportunities for strategic resource investment that maximize conservation gains.

Steering committee members:

  • Craig Czarnecki, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior Region 3, Co-Chair
  • Noreen Walsh, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Interior Regions 5 and 7
  • Bill Uihlein, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior Regions 2 and 4
  • Kelly Hepler, South Dakota, Co-Chair
  • Jim Douglas, Nebraska
  • Dale Garner, Iowa
  • Sara Parker Pauley, Missouri

Technical committee members:

  • Brad Potter, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior Region 3, Co-chair
  • Dave Azure, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior Region 5
  • Katy Reeder, Iowa, Co-chair
  • Brian Shoenung, Indiana
  • Claire Beck, Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
  • Ed Boggess, Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
  • Nathan Muenks, Missouri
  • Ollie Torgerson, Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
  • Rich Shultheis, Kansas
  • Russ Mason, Michigan
  • Tom Kirschenmann, South Dakota
  • Will Inselman, Nebraska
  • Kate Parsons, Ohio
  • Yvette Converse DOI Missouri Basin
  • Hilary Meyer, South Dakota
  • Amy DeRosier, Michigan  

To join the landscape conversation or for more information contact Kelley Myers at kelley_myers@fws.gov or Katy Reeder at katy.reeder@dnr.iowa.gov.