Canada/Mexico/United States Trilateral Committee

for Wildlife and Ecosystem

Conservation and Management

 

 

PROTECTED AREAS WORKING TABLE

Summary

 

PARTICIPANTS:

United States

Tom Stewart, USFWS (Co-chair)

Raye Nilius, USFWS

Marc Weitzel, USFWS

Sharon Cleary, National Park Service

Angelica Narvaez, U.S. Embassy, Mexico City

Gabriela Chavarria, National Wildlife Federation

Howard Schlegel, USFWS

Jennifer Montoya, World Wildlife Fund

Wayne A. Shifflett, USFWS

Francisco Zamora-Arroyo, Sonoran Institute

Patrick Cotter, USEPA

Steve Cornelius, Sonoran Institute

Dom Ciccone, USFWS

Ken Edwards, USFWS

Lincoln P. Brower, Sweet Briar College

Ismael Nava, Texas Parks & Wildlife

Canada

Ken Harris, CWS (Co-chair)

Stephen Virc, CWS

 

Mexico

Dr. Ernesto Enkerlin, CONANP (Co-chair)

Marco A. Bernal, CONANP

Flavio Chazaro Ramirez, CONANP

Jose R. Campoy Fabela, R.B. Alto Golfo de CA y Delta del Rio Colorado

 

ISSUE: Sister Protected Areas

Action: (general for Sister Protected Areas of FWS and CONANP): Encourage cooperation between Upper Gulf of California biosphere reserve and Imperial National Wildlife Refuge, and study the feasability of incorporating other NWRs that could be selected as Sister Protected Areas with counterpart protected areas of Mexico.

 

ISSUE: Buenos Aries NWR and Mexican private landowners for Sonoran grasslands for masked bobwhite quail.

Action:  Meet with principals to propose ways to implement protected areas agreements and fund habitat restoration.

Assigned to: Buenos Aries NWR Refuge Manager and Mexico’s Regional Coordinator Carlos Castillo

Completion Date: Within 30 days, Proposal within 6 months.

 

ISSUE: Cocopah Tribe Proposal to establish an international conservation area set in Limitrophe Section of Colorado River in US and Mexico

Action: Letter to National Fish and Wildlife Foundation supporting this proposal and their request for funding to conduct ecological assessment.

Assigned to: Co-Chairs (Raye Nilius, NWRS, to coordinate)

Completion Date: Within 30 days

Action: Brief Cocopah Tribe and interested principals on Ramsar designation for this site, and application process.

Assigned to: USA - Fish & Wildlife Service’s Division of International Conservation, Latin America and Caribbean Branch, and National Wildlife Refuge System Headquarters Office

Completion Date: Summer, 2003

Action: Seek funding sources for Cocopah Tribe proposal

Assigned to: Principal Stakeholders

Completion Date: Ongoing

Action: Identify primary point of contact on this proposal for each agency/organization

Assigned to: USA - Fish & Wildlife Service Region 2 Albuquerque Representatives, Mexico (E.Enkerlin)

Completion Date: Within 60 days

 

ISSUE: Des Lac NWR with Canada Government and NGO’s - Prairie Pothole Habitat

Action: Meeting of principals to discuss planning and implementation.

Assigned to: Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service.  USA -  National Wildlife Refuge System representatives at Headquarters, Region and Field Stations.

Completion Date: Gather principals within 30-45 days.  Meeting in August, 2003

 

ISSUE: Training and capacity building

Action: Shared Training:  US will host a shorebird workshop for partners in the Atlantic Flyway.

Assigned to: National Wildlife Refuge System, Division of Migratory Birds, Atlantic Coast Joint Venture.  Mexico and Canada partners will forward information on the workshop to interested participants in their respective countries.

Completion Date: Canada and Mexico to notify interested participants within one week.  Workshop scheduled for May 2003

Action: Shared Training:  Work with the National Conservation Training Center to identify training opportunities for Mexico and Canada partners.  Training at NCTC and on location near border areas.  Arrange logistics for Mexico and Canada participants

Assigned to: USA - National Wildlife Refuge System Headquarters Office, and Division  of International Conservation

Completion Date: December 2003

Action: Professional exchanges between US, Mexico, Canada, based on need.

Assigned to: Co-Chairs to recommend to the Executive Table that agreements be developed to establish short and long term exchanges of resource managers for training purposes.  Partners such as Division of International Conservation, CONANP and other agencies to ID opportunities, and follow through on activities. 

Completion Date: During Final Report to Executive Table.  DIC et al to seek opportunities on an ongoing basis.

Action: Create a bi-lingual guide for Trilateral Committee participants to orient them on participating agencies and organizations, organizational charts, agency and organization responsibilities, history, and other helpful information.  This guide would promote continuity and consistency from year to year in Trilateral collaborations and resulting products.  A pamphlet would be created from this compilation.

Assigned to: USA - Recommend that this guide be developed by the Division of International Conservation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and posted to the Trilateral Committee website.

Completion Date: Before the 2004 Trilateral Committee meeting.

 

 

ISSUE: Monarch Butterflies

Action:  Create tri-lingual guide on how to manage for monarchs (including recommendations on how to plant butterfly gardens), link this guidance with Official guidance to field stations urging active involvement in monarch butterfly management activities.  Guide to include a list of important monarch use areas, and highlight trinational efforts for monarch conservation.

Assigned to:  US Forest Service will coordinate with the CEC to develop this guide. The Co-Chairs will recommend to the Executive Table that the monarch guide and management guidelines be distributed to field stations in the Department of Interior Agencies, and partners with the Ag Department’s US Forest Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service, 

Completion Date: August 2003

Action:  Formalize recognition and management guidelines for sister monarch areas in USA creating a trinational “monarch pathway” of parks and refuges.

Assigned to: The Co-Chairs will recommend to Executive Table that this be accomplished.

Completion Date: Ongoing

Action: Add monarch issues to agenda at Watchable Wildlife Conference, Texas in November, 2003

Assigned to: South Texas NWR Complex will coordinate with Lincoln Brower to place this issue on the agenda, and to identify an appropriate speaker at the Conference.

Completion Date: Within 30 days.

Action Item: Develop monarch monitoring guidelines.

Assigned to: Lincoln Brower, with assistance from US Forest Service Research and Development Division.

Completion Date: Begin process within 90 days.

Action:  Contact Meteorological Service of Canada to get climatological data for use on monarch items.

Assigned to: Canadian Wildlife Service

Completion Date: Within 30 days.

Action:  Recommend to Executive Table that for 2004 Trilateral, monarch issues be discussed in a joint session of Shared Species/Protected Areas.

Assigned to: Co-Chairs

Completion Date: Before 2004 Trilateral

Recommendation: to Executive Table that specific agencies are vital to discussions.  Each country would prepare a list of vital agencies (and individuals, as appropriate) for specific defined areas, and give it to Canada to invite them for 2004 Trilateral.

Action: US, Canada, Mexico to prepare list of vital agencies and others to invite to 2004 Trilateral Committee meeting.

Assigned to: Co Chairs to make recommendation to Executive Table. 

Completion Date: By December 2003.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS REQUIRING DECISION OF EXECUTIVE TABLE:

ISSUE: Headquarters Approval is required for cross-border travel.  This challenges coordination with Mexico and Canada partners because approval process requires approximately three weeks. 

Recommendation: Request Executive Table facilitate coordination by clarifying and streamlining approval for cross-border travel.

 

ISSUE: Continuity and consistency in Trilateral collaborations

Recommendation: Recommend that a bi-lingual guide be compiled and posted to the Trilateral.org website to promote continuity and consistency in Trilateral Committee collaborations from year to year.  Guide to include participating agencies/organizations, organizational charts, agency/org missions, history of participation, past products of meeting, and other relevant information.  Print a pamphlet with similar information.

 

ISSUE: Training exchanges for resource managers

Recommendation: Recommend that agreements be developed to establish short and long term exchanges of resource managers for training purposes.  Partners to include Division of International Conservation, CONANP, NWRS, and other agencies would ID opportunities, and follow through on activities. 

 

ISSUE: Monarch butterfly

Recommendation: Recommend that a monarch butterfly guide; recognition and management guidelines; and monitoring guidelines be created and distributed to field stations in the Department of Interior Agencies, and partners with the Ag Department’s US Forest Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service

Recommendation: Recommend that for 2004 Trilateral, monarch issues be discussed in a joint session of Shared Species Table and Protected Areas Table.

 

ISSUE: Additional agency participation in the Trilateral

Recommendation: Recommend that because specific agencies vital to discussions have not participated, each country would prepare a list of vital agencies (and individuals, as appropriate) for specific defined areas, and provide the list to Canada.  Canada would invite those partners to the 2004 Trilateral and urge them to participate.