Informational Meeting for Landowners Interested in the Black-Footed Ferret Recovery Program

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Landowners interested in assisting with the recovery of the endangered black-footed ferret, a highly specialized predator that depends upon prairie dogs for survival, are invited to attend an informational meeting on Monday, March 17 at the Memorial Hall in New England at 12:00 pm MT.ferret_2

Published March 7, 2014

The Herald

The meeting will be held by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and area landowners interested in black-footed ferret recovery. John Hughes, a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center, will provide information on black-footed ferret natural history and the Black-footed Ferret Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA), a new tool designed to provide regulatory assurances to private landowners interested in black-footed ferret conservation.

The SHA is a voluntary program that provides opportunities for non-federal landowners to undertake conservation efforts that benefit the black-footed ferret without affecting their land use activities beyond mutually agreed-upon measures. It also extends these assurances to surrounding non-participating lands and other landowner interests, and participants can opt out of the program any time without penalty. These regulatory assurances, coupled with disease management and boundary control of prairie dogs outside of mutually agreed-upon conservation zones, are anticipated to increase private landowner involvement in black-footed ferret conservation. A lunch will be provided at no charge before the meeting, and interested landowners should RSVP no later than March 14 by contacting John Hughes at (970) 305-1158 or Nick Lenhardt at (701) 290-0191.

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