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Evaluation of Wildlife Hazard Management Plan Outcomes


Nationally, the effectiveness of implemented Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Plans (WHMPs) has not been systematically evaluated. This proposed research will seek to determine if Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Plans, and their implementation, successfully meet the wildlife management (and conservation) expectations and goals of the sponsoring airports and airport users. Potential lines of inquiry and related products could include: (1) Are airport WHMPs being fully and properly implemented, (2) Are implemented WHMPs meeting the expectations of sponsoring airports, (3) If expectations are not being met, what are the deficiencies, and are there any national/regional patterns or issues, (4) If deficiencies are found, what are the remedies, (5) How can the WHMP planning process, or its implementation, be made more timely and cost effective, and (6) Are the safety improvement expectations of WHMPs being met. A secondary objective of this research is to examine possible conflicts between WHMPs and wildlife conservation management permits. In some cases, the requirements may be conflicting. For example, an airport WHMP may require a certain grass height, but certain protected species may need longer grass for nesting. Guidance could be useful on best practices of working together between FAA, airport and state/local agencies.


The objective of this research is to provide guidance regarding airport wildlife management that is based upon a holistic review of the goals/objectives of both federal and state regulators of safeguarding flight operations as well as regulators who are charged with safeguarding wildlife and the environment.

Sponsoring Committee:AV030, Environmental Impacts of Aviation
Date Posted:03/02/2021
Date Modified:03/10/2021
Index Terms:Airports, Wildlife, Conservation, Habitat (Ecology), Environmental protection,
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