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.
- Learn about the Midwest Landscape Initiative.
- Midwest Landscape Initiative Resolution and Charter.
- Comprehensive Regional Conservation Work Plan.
An organized structure co-identifies priorities and strategies to guide voluntary action plans. We currently place special emphasis on:
- At-risk species by using landscape-based conservation efforts to minimize the need to list species as threatened or endangered;
- Wind energy to identify impacts to wildlife from wind energy development and produce guidelines for siting and operations to avoid or minimize impacts; and
- 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:
Jim Douglas, Nebraska Game and Parks Department, Co-Chair
Craig Czarnecki, USFWS, Interior Region 3, Co-Chair
Samantha Brooke, USFWS, Interior Regions 5 and 7
Ed Boggess, Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (Ex Oficio)
Pete Hildreth, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Sara Parker Pauley, Missouri Department of Conservation
John Rogner, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Bill Uihlein, USFWS, Interior Regions 2 and 4
John Thompson, USGS CRU
Technical committee members:
Katy Reeder, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Co-Chair
Brad Potter, USFWS Interior Region 3, Science Applications, Co-Chair
Pat Deibert, USFWS Interior Regions 5 & 7, Science Applications
Ryan Drum, USFWS Interior Region 3, Science Applications
Scott Hicks, USFWS Interior Region 3, Ecological Services
Jennifer Garland, USFWS Interior Region 1, Ecological Services
Barry Grand, USGS- CRU
Will Inselman, Nebraska Game and Parks Department
Mara Koenig, USFWS Interior Region 3, External Affairs
Oliva LeDee, USGS – Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center
Russ Mason, Michigan Department of Natural Resources/Michigan State University
Hilary Morey, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
Nate Muenks, Missouri Department of Conservation
Kate Parsons, Ohio Division of Wildlife
Rich Schultheis, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Claire Beck, Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Ed Boggess, Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Bill Moritz, Wildlife Management Institute
Kelley Myers, USFWS Interior Region 3, Science Applications
Ollie Torgerson, Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
◾To join the landscape conversation or for more information contact Kelley Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org or Katy Reeder at email@example.com.