AgBioResearch Wildlife Scientist Part of $1.8 Million Department of Defense Grant

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Michael Jones, fisheries and wildlife scientist, is co-leading a project to reconcile wildlife conservation and national defense (view larger image)

AgBio fisheries and wildlife scientist Michael Jones is co-leader of a project receiving $1.8 million in funding from the Department of Defense to reconcile wildlife conservation with national defense needs.

The project focuses on increasing red-cockaded woodpecker populations, an effort that has been slowed by habitat fragmentation. The researchers want to develop a cost-effective habitat trading system, so that landowners can earn income by conserving endangered species habitat to offset the environmental effects of military installations.

The research is sponsored by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program.

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