The area surrounding Aransas National Wildlife Refuge serves the diverse needs of many individuals, communities and industries in coastal Texas as well as the endangered Whooping Crane. Meeting the demands for both humans and this species has become increasingly difficult in the Aransas area and in other parts of the country. As a result, we are working on the development of a multi-stakeholder Community-based Planning (CBP) program that will seek to balance the human needs with those of the recovery of this crane listed under the Endangered Species Act.
This project was designed to facilitate and to encourage local initiative for community-based planning. The project will also attempt to identify potential barriers that may direct progress in the development and implementation of program activities.
The process should enable community participants to generate recommendations for how such barriers can be avoided or transformed into opportunities.
The process should enable community participants to generate recommendations for how such barriers can be avoided or transformed into opportunities. Information gained from this project will be used to provide program participants an increased understanding of how to conduct an effective collaborative process associated with a CBP program, while providing information to the natural resource management agencies for the development of future CBP processes. We will be conducting as many as 100 interviews with community members and other interested stakeholders. We will also observe and document all public meetings associated with the program. Small focus groups and surveys may also be conducted as a means for gathering additional information.
This is a project of the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources . To learn more about us see Facilitators.