Quantifying the relative contribution of an ecological reserve to conservation objectives

Global Ecology and Conservation
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Abstract

Evaluating the role public lands play in meeting conservation goals is an essential step in good governance. We present a tool for comparing the regional contribution of each of a suite of wildlife management units to conservation goals. We use weighted summation (simple additive weighting) to compute a Unit Contribution Index (UCI) based on species richness, population abundance, and a conservation score based on IUCN Red List classified threat levels. We evaluate UCI for a subset of the 729 participating wetlands of the Integrated Waterbird Management and Monitoring (IWMM) Program across U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regions 3 (Midwest USA), 4 (Southeast USA), and 5 (Northeast USA). We found that the median across-Region UCI for Region 5 was greater than Regions 3 and 4, while Region 4 had the greatest within-Region UCI median. This index is a powerful tool for wildlife managers to evaluate the performance of units within the conservation estate.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Quantifying the relative contribution of an ecological reserve to conservation objectives
Series title Global Ecology and Conservation
DOI 10.1016/j.gecco.2017.01.002
Volume 9
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
Description 6 p.
First page 142
Last page 147
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