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Director's Corner

Dan Ashe served as FWS Director from June 2011 until January 2017. The following is an archive of blogs authored by Director Ashe during that time. This content is intended for historical reference only and not as a representation of current Service policy or opinion.

We Can Balance Endangered Species, Development; Look at Balcones Canyonlands

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When you are negotiating, it is often very easy to stand firm, unwilling to make any deals. Even if you lose the negotiations, you can still say you didn’t cave.  Unfortunately, this tactic often means little gets done and in the long run both sides are hurt.

It is much harder to sit down at a bargaining table and work together in the spirit of shared sacrifice to reach a compromise that benefits everyone.  But that’s what good leaders do.

And that just what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Travis County in Texas, the city of Austin there, numerous conservation partners, private landowners AND developers did almost 17 years ago.

The result was the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan (BCCP), among the first regional multi-species federally protected habitat conservation plans we ever issued.


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