Strategic Habitat Conservation

Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) 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. It is based on an iterative process of Biological Planning, Conservation Design, Program Delivery, and Monitoring & Research.

The document entitled "Strategic Habitat Conservation: Final Report of the Ecological Assessment Team,” published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey in July 2006, suggests that habitat conservation for all species builds on the outstanding model of migratory bird conservation pioneered by the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and the Joint Ventures.

Committed to SHC, the IWJV is actively working in partnership with scientists across the West to establish habitat objectives and decision-support tools for bird conservation. Our conservation partners then use these tools and objectives to implement conservation delivery and achieve habitat objectives in order to sustain avian populations throughout the Intermountain West.

To honor this process within the Intermountain West, the IWJV Tehnical Committee is developing a set of science planning documents that will guide the focus and intent of IWJV science program over the next 5 years.

 

 

Strategic Habitat Conservation

SHC is based on an iterative process of Biological Planning, Conservation Design, Program Delivery, and Monitoring & Research. Enlarge image.