THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES DIVISION,
THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE,
This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishes and defines a collaborative working relationship between the U.S. Geological Survey Biological Resources Division (USGS), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and The Wildlife Society (TWS) to develop and exchange science-based biological information for natural resource managers and to ensure preparedness, professionalism, and continuing education of wildlife biologists.
STATEMENT OF MUTUAL BENEFIT AND INTEREST
USGS Biological Resources programs partner with federal, state, tribal, university, non-governmental, and private sector organizations nationwide providing science-based biological information needed by natural resource managers and others. The USGS has more than 1600 Biological Resources employees located at 18 Science Centers and 40 Cooperative Research Units nationwide. They provide the scientific understanding and technologies needed to support the sound management and conservation of federal lands and resources.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 542 national wildlife refuges and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices, and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts.
The Wildlife Society is a non-profit scientific and educational organization of professional wildlife scientists, managers, administrators and educators, and serves as a liaison between the scientific community, wildlife resource education institutions, and governments. The Wildlife Society is dedicated to developing and promoting sound stewardship of wildlife resources and the environments upon which wildlife and humans depend through programs focusing on wildlife research, sustainable resource management, public conservation education and activities, wildlife policy analysis and development, and professional services. TWS is instrumental in promoting science-based decision-making and in enhancing the ability of wildlife professionals to conserve biological diversity, sustain productivity, and ensure responsible use of wildlife resources for the benefit of society.
Research, monitoring and evaluation, and promotion of professionalism in wildlife biology and management would benefit from cooperative action. Collaboration between USGS, FWS, and TWS presents a unique opportunity to maximize the skills and knowledge of each entity. The focus of this agreement is to improve collaboration among our organizations with the goal of addressing pressing wildlife resource issues and enhancing the profession of wildlife biology and management.
A liaison position between USGS, FWS, and TWS will strengthen science, foster a collaborative working relationship, aid in identifying and developing initiatives and projects that have mutual interest to USGS, FWS, and TWS, and will benefit wildlife resource managers regionally and nationally. The liaison will work toward closer collaboration between USGS, FWS, and TWS, other federal agencies, and congressional offices concerning wildlife resource science and management, with the goal of providing science-based biological information needed by natural resource managers.
USGS AND FWS SHALL:
Provide an employee, through a detail assignment and subject to terms mutually agreed by FWS, TWS and the employee, to work in the offices of The Wildlife Society to assist in carrying out this agreement.
Provide $50,000 annually, subject to the availability of funds, to TWS to assist in carrying out this agreement.
USGS, FWS, AND TWS MUTUALLY AGREE TO:
REVISION AND AMENDMENTS
This MOU may be revised as necessary with the mutual consent of the parties involved by the adoption of a written Amendment signed and dated by both parties. Amendments to this MOU may incorporate subsequent technical proposals, projects, and associated funding actions.
PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE
This MOU is effective as of the last signing date shown below, and may be renewed annually, pending availability of funds, for a period of up to five years.
Either party may terminate this Memorandum of Understanding by providing 60 days notice, in writing, to the other party.
On witness thereof, this Memorandum of Understanding is effective as of the last date shown below.
Dr. Charles Groat
U.S. Geological Survey
Dr. Steve Williams
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Dr. Harry Hodgdon
The Wildlife Society