Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: North Carolina
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

North Carolina Project

Development of population and habitat objectives for FWS trust resources in the Roanoke-Tar-Neuse-Cape Fear (RTNCF) Ecoregion of the South Atlantic Migratory Bird Initiative (SAMBI) project area

March 2006 - February 2011


Participating Agencies

  • Science Support Partnership

The research issue to be studied will be the development of species-habitat models used to set population objectives, habitat objectives, and geographic focal areas to guide land conservation and management strategies. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to define sustainable landscapes for Service trust resources and share this information with partners. Objectives: 1. Develop initial population objectives for prioritized Service trust species and abundance goals for natural communities; 2. Convert these population/abundance objectives into habitat objectives; 3. Map potential conservation areas where deficits exist; and 4. Step down population/abundance objectives to individual refuges and partner lands.