The Quality Deer Management Association is thinking beyond its namesake species .
In an experiment involving landscape–scale wildlife habitat management, the nonprofit QDMA and three refuges are teaming with neighboring landowners to build a new conservation coalition.
The refuges—Washita and Deep Fork in Oklahoma and Shiawassee in Michigan—are helping QDMA set up private–public cooperatives, which met for the first time this fall. The goal is for landowners, refuge staff members, state biologists and QDMA experts to share ideas and information to conserve wildlife on swaths of land near refuges.
QDMA focuses primarily on sustainable management of white–tailed deer, but QDMA biologist Kip Adams says cooperative members will decide which wildlife species to protect—perhaps waterfowl, songbirds or native species.