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Experts Select Representative Species to Guide Conservation in the Mid-Atlantic
Northeast Region, June 1, 2011
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North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, USFWS
North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Representative Species Workshop participants, Laurie Hewitt USFWS
Representative Species Workshop participants, Laurie Hewitt USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

Species and habitat experts gathered at the Chesapeake Bay Field Office on June 1, 2011 to review the "representative species" identified to guide and design landscape-scale conservation efforts in the Mid-Atlantic  area. The Mid-Atlantic is one subregions of the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative.


Representative species are those whose habitat needs, ecosystem function, or management responses are similar to a group of other species. By basing conservation actions on representative species, the needs of other species in that group will also be addressed.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Representative Species Team and the University of Massachusetts completed the first phases of the representative species process including: relating species to habitat types in the Mid-Atlantic subregion; clustering or grouping the species and habitats;  and identifying species that may best represent those draft groups.


Over 50 Service staff have already provided input and expertise into the process, science and criteria for identifying representative specie. Biologists, Representative Species Steering Committee members, partners, and other wildlife and habitat experts attending the workshop used specific criteria to select the best set of representative species for this subregion.


The representative species list can be modified to adapt to future conditions, needs, or new information from partners and experts. Conservation planning with representative species provides a better understanding of likely results in the face of land use and climate change, and supports strategic conservation decisions.


Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov
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