The Strategic Growth Team
The Strategic Growth Team, chaired by Chief of Realty A. Eric Alvarez, former Chief of Conservation Planning - Policy Nancy Gloman and Region 4 Refuge Chief Jon Andrew, has contemplated a nationally coordinated approach to prioritize lands to be conserved within the Refuge System in order to contribute to the conservation of entire ecosystems.
Strategic Growth Working Paper (April 26, 2004) 31 page PDF 210 KB
Appendix FIRST DRAFT (March 12, 2004) 8 page MS Word file 399 KB
The Strategic Growth Team recognized the need for a collaborative process whereby federal, state, and private entities can coordinate their management and acquisition decisions in achieving national conservation goals and objectives. Fortunately, a process for this has already been outlined in the the Refuge System report, "A Process for Integrating Wildlife Population, Biodiversity, and Habitat Goals and Objectives on the National Wildlife Refuge System: Coordinating with Partners at all Landscape Scales (Habitat Goals)." The Report outlines a process to identify clear, scientifically credible, habitat objectives based upon the resource needs of Service conservation targets (species, species groups, and ecosystem types). The process seeks to answer the fundamental questions of what type of habitat is necessary, how much, and where to accomplish Service objectives.
This report is provided below and is meant to supplement the team's White Paper on Strategic Growth.
A Process for Integrating Wildlife Population, Biodiversity and Habitat Goals and Objectives on the National Wildlife Refuge System: Coordinating with Partners at all Landscape Scales
(March 5, 2004) 64 page MS Word file 1.03 MB
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