Strategic Habitat Conservation
Conserving the Nature of America

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My Conservation Legacy

Photo of Rick Kearney. Credit: USFWS. I can still vividly recall the sunny spring day in 1968 when I heard the song of a warbler bursting forth from a nearby thicket, luring me in to investigate. Learn more.


2012 Fish and Wildlife News Special Issue. Credit: USFWS

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A Lasting Fish and Wildlife Legacy

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been entrusted to safeguard our Nation's fish, migratory birds, aquatic species, endangered and threatened species, and public lands. The unprecedented scale and complexity of challenges we face in the 21st century, however, require us to expand our vision for conservation and the partnerships we work with to achieve it.

To ensure a bright future for fish and wildlife in the face of widespread threats such as drought, climate change and large-scale habitat fragmentation, we can no longer base our actions solely on past experience and success. We must conserve landscapes capable of supporting self-sustaining populations of fish and wildlife, while also providing for the needs of people. Conserving these large landscapes, which are subject to multiple changing pressures and uncertainty, will require application of the best available science at every step. Learn more.

Landscape Conservation in Action

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Pacific Lamprey. Credit: USFWS.The Malheur State-and-Transition Model: An Ecological Modeling Approach to Strategic Habitat Conservation
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is using Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) to try to conserve its meadows, home to the largest breeding population of bobolink west of the Great Plains. Learn more.

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Last updated: August 1, 2014

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