Landscape Conservation in Action
Stories and examples of applied SHC and landscape conservation can be submitted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Applying SHC to the Pacific Lamprey Conservation Initiative
Hereís a pop quiz: What Service priority fish species boasts a 400 million-year ancestry, lacks bones, scales, and jaws, and benefits from the Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) framework?
If you guessed Pacific lamprey (Entosphenus tridentata), youíre right. Learn more.
A 'Clumper's' View of Strategic Habitat Conservation
Chuck Hunter has been clumping species and habitats together for at least two decades. Itís his way of seeing the world. Learn more.
Birds of a Feather, Linked to an Open Pine Forest
At least 86 bird species are found in open pine communities, including whatís left of the majestic longleaf pine forests that once carpeted the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. Only six were chosen by a bird conservation partnership to determine the best places to restore longleaf and similar open pine ecosystems. The East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture calls the six bird species their "umbrella species" for the longleaf habitat, and the concept is related to the surrogate species approach recently adopted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Learn more.
Focal Species Case Study: The Columbia Plateau Ecoregion
The Pacific Northwest's Columbia Plateau ecoregion presents a case study of how a set of focal or representative species can be assembled and used to put Strategic Habitat Conservation into practice. Learn more.
Landscape-Scale Science Helps Conservationists Manage Changing Aquatic Systems
From the Rocky Mountains to the Mid Atlantic, conservationists are joining forces to better understand variables impacting the health of fish populations and their habitats and to generate scientific information that can inform land-use decisions and direct conservation efforts across large landscapes. Learn more.
Partners Help Conserve the Greater Sage Grouseís Home on the Range
One of the most interesting aspects about the Greater sage-grouse is its nearly complete reliance on sagebrush throughout much of its lifecycle. Energy development, wildfires, invasive plant species and other factors have contributed to the loss and fragmentation of the sage-grouseís primary habitat. The bottom line is that Greater sage-grouse cannot survive in areas where sagebrush no longer exists. Learn more.
Interagency Cooperation Helps Save Arizonaís Apache Trout
Thereís a fish tale out of Arizona that tells a remarkable story of restoration for the threatened Apache trout. Itís a story worth telling because it serves as a model of how effective public-private partnerships and the Strategic Habitat Conservation approach are contributing to successful recovery of a species. And itís the kind of story that bodes well for further successes elsewhere under the Endangered Species Act. Learn more.
Landscape-Scale Collaboration Helps Black-Footed Ferret Bounce Back
The black-footed ferret is considered one of the most endangered mammals in the United States. Its historic range spanned much of the western North Americaís intermountain and prairie grasslands extending from Canada to Mexico. Learn more.
STA Meets SHC: Albatross Conservation Follows The SHC Model
Using Strategic Habitat Conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners, both national and international, are working to ensure recovery of the short-tailed albatross. Learn more.
Gauging Sea-Level Rise at Five Refuges
Five national wildlife refuges, the Refuge System Inventory and Monitoring program, the U.S. Geological Survey, NOAA’s Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, a handful of other partners and two landscape conservation cooperatives (LCCs) are collaborating on a project along the California coastline that illustrates how LCCs might routinely work on a practical level in the not-too-distant future. Learn more.