Agenda: Connecticut River Pilot Meeting, 12-19-2014

Agenda, Handouts and Presentation for December 19th Core Team Meeting in Hadley, Massachusetts from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Connecticut River Pilot Core Team Meeting in

Hadley, Massachusetts

December 19th, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the 1st floor conference room and auditorium at the US FWS Regional Office in Hadley

Review materials from the November Core Team Meeting

Major decisions and discussions from Nov. 2014 meeting

Instructions for accessing mapping website in NALCC Conservation Planning Atlas (DataBasin)

Notes/Summary from Meeting

View recorded webinar of this meeting

TimeAgenda ItemsLinks to Related ContentWebinar Start Time
10:00 Welcome & Announcements (Nancy McGarigal)

Subteam Updates

  • Terrestrial/Wetlands (Randy Dettmers)
  • Aquatics Subteams (Dave Perkins)




UMASS presentation (Kevin McGarigal) and Team Discussion

1) Review of climate change metrics and the expectation on how it will affect the latest iteration of core areas.
2) Present a proposed new combined core area scenario (20% ecosystem-based and 5% species-based). 
3) Present the connectors with #2 and explain again how they were derived. 
4) Discuss the concept of "buffers" for the core areas again, and verify what our intent would be with incorporating them. 

 PDF of presentation slide

11:50 Break

UMASS presentation (Kevin McGarigal) and Team Discussion (continued)

5) Discuss ideas on how we might develop a tiering or prioritization system for the watershed. Are we agreed on the core areas and connections being Tier or priority ? What would comprise Tier/priority 2, and so on?
6) Clarify how it is we are representing aquatic connectivity.
7) Establish how/when we incorporate the restoration components. Are they part of the fundamental design? 
8) Discuss the aquatic and terrestrial core area overlap. Why was there not more overlap? 
9) Discuss ways to begin model validation. Is there a cursory level to pursue soon, vs a more detailed field evaluation that will take more time?

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