Strategic Habitat Conservation: Final Report of the National Ecological Assessment Team (2006)

The traditional U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) conservation approach has frequently relied more on opportunity and less on scientific strategies. Resulting conservation priorities, policies, and actions have not fully benefited from landscape-level considerations or the priorities and work of others. However, an increasing number of FWS offices, many in partnership with U.S. Geological Survey, are moving the bureau in a different direction: one that features landscape-level scientific analysis and coordinated on-the-ground actions. In many cases, these offices are leading the conservation community; and in others, FWS biologists are simply seeking to keep pace with partners and stakeholders.

This document lays out the Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) framework, which is a science-based framework used to make efficient conservation delivery decisions to achieve specific biological outcomes. SHC moves wildlife conservation beyond the opportunistic and into the strategic realm.

SHC depends on an iterative process of biological planning, conservation design, habitat delivery, and monitoring and research.

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USGS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (2006)