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A national geographic framework for guiding conservation on a landscape scale

Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management

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DOI: 10.3996/052011-JFWM-030

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Abstract

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with the global conservation community, has recognized that the conservation challenges of the 21st century far exceed the responsibilities and footprint of any individual agency or program. The ecological effects of climate change and other anthropogenic stressors do not recognize geopolitical boundaries and, as such, demand a national geographic framework to provide structure for cross-jurisdictional and landscape-scale conservation strategies. In 2009, a new map of ecologically based conservation regions in which to organize capacity and implement strategic habitat conservation was developed using rapid prototyping and expert elicitation by an interagency team of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey scientists and conservation professionals. Incorporating Bird Conservation Regions, Freshwater Ecoregions, and U.S. Geological Survey hydrologic unit codes, the new geographic framework provides a spatial template for building conservation capacity and focusing biological planning and conservation design efforts. The Department of Interior's Landscape Conservation Cooperatives are being organized in these new conservation regions as multi-stakeholder collaborations for improved conservation science and management.

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Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
A national geographic framework for guiding conservation on a landscape scale
Series title:
Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management
DOI:
10.3996/052011-JFWM-030
Volume
3
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2012
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publisher location:
Arlington, VA
Contributing office(s):
Pacific Southwest Regional Executive Office
Description:
9 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
175
Last page:
183
Country:
United States