U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Welcome to Region 3's Ecosystem Conservation Home Page. This site was developed to help put ecosystem conservation into practice in the Great Lakes - Big Rivers Region.
The philosophy of perpetuating healthy, dynamic, and biologically diverse ecosystems to conserve fish and wildlife resources over the long-term is not a new concept - it was central to Aldo Leopold's eloquent discourses about conservation biology and the need for a "land ethic." Writers such as Thoreau and Muir stressed taking a holistic view of nature. Early ecologists such as Cowles, Forbes and Clements also stressed the importance of recognizing the role every organism plays in an ecosystem.
Region 3 has embraced this philosophy and believes it is our collective responsibility as stewards of our Nation's fish and wildlife resources to build on this work, to address fish and wildlife conservation in a landscape context, to use good science, to be adaptive, and to work with partners to accomplish our mission effectively and efficiently. Our mission success is measured by our results, and when results exceed individual contributions, we are making the most effective and efficient use of the public's time and money.
Active participation and support is vital to the future of ecosystem conservation in Region 3. We invite you to learn from this web site - more about Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region ecosystems, their issues and concerns, ecosystem teams and teaming, and innovative conservation tools and techniques that are being used to get the work done "on the ground." This site was developed with the conservationist in mind. We welcome your thoughts and ideas on how it might be improved to facilitate ecosystem conservation in the Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region.
Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals may reach the Division of Ecological Services through Minnesota's State Relay System by dialing 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (V/TTY/ASCII)
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is an agency of the Department of the Interior. Our mission is, working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.