SpecificationsSeven of the 11 members will have technical expertise in wildlife and habitat management or current or past professional experience such as, but not limited to, at least one of the following: wetlands manager, wildlife biologist, population biologist, natural resources manager, watershed scientist, conservation specialist, forestry protection, and tribal representative.Agriculture or land development representatives are encouraged to apply for at least two of the remaining four positions.
i. Identified issue or constraint
ii. Discussion of ecological process, function or species addressed
iii. Range of solutions considered
iv. Preferred solution
v. Cost of implementation. A cost benefit analysis is required when an existing industry recognized method is available; at a minimum a discussion of project costs and positive or adverse impacts where community and ecological uses intersect.
vi. Cited and reviewed references
i. Prior to the end of 2015, develop the initial inventory, characterization, and assessment, which includes an analysis of risk, of existing ecosystem conditions (Existing Condition Report), and to make management recommendations using best available science that will provide appropriate habitat conditions for local species, with an emphasis on biodiversity and healthy ecosystem processes and functions. This may include recommendations
regarding wildlife corridors, landscape ecological planning, wildlife management, avoiding human/wildlife conflict.
ii. Continue to provide periodic updates to the Existing Condition Report or to address technical questions from the Whatcom County Council, Whatcom County staff, or the Wildlife Management Committee.