For Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 –
1 – Wetland restoration in Saginaw Bay is highlighted in a national report.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration points to seven partnerships in the U.S. that have helped safeguard natural resources.
The agency says the partnerships demonstrate the benefits of using conservation approaches to address climate change and other issues.
Saginaw Bay is listed alongside areas in California, the Rocky Mountains and Hawaii.
Our area is singled out for development of a coastal wetland decision support tool.
The tool helps identify and prioritize restoration activities for existing and historical coastal wetlands.
The national project is called the Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative. It supports a U.S. strategy to build and maintain an ecologically connected network of coastal and other conservation areas that are likely to be resilient to climate change and support a broad range of fish, wildlife and plants.
2 – Eleven freshwater species have been added to a federal ban list.
The Nature Conservancy says the move by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service bans trade or import into the United States, and was determined by examining damage caused in other waters.
The list includes 10 fish species such as the Crucian carp and Eurasian minnow along with the the Yabby crayfish.
The Conservancy says these nonnative invasives aren’t currently part of trade or import, but have been determined through a risk assessment process to have a high climate match. That means, if they’re released here, they could thrive within the Great Lakes basin.
Conservancy officials say past practice has been to prohibit a species only after it’s been established in the U.S. and is causing damage. The group says this proactive assessment and restriction by the Fish and Wildlife Service is an important step forward.