Strategic Habitat Conservation in Idaho
The Service strives to apply the best available science in its planning and decision-making processes and as a tool to measure conservation success. The IFWO will apply the Service’s Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) approach to implement a science-based, adaptive process to our conservation efforts. The SHC process will employ all of the IFWO’s tools to conserve and protect healthy and sustainable ecological processes within the selected landscapes.
Shrinking agency budgets require us to prioritize the most cost-effective and long-lasting conservation targets to be more effective. We need to focus our efforts at landscape scales to successfully address conservation challenges such as changing land use and climate.
We are focusing our limited resources and capacity on smaller areas, landscapes of compelling conservation concern. In doing so, our aim is to target areas of sufficient size to better address ecosystem health; conserve “landscape species” (e.g., greater sage-grouse, salmonids, mule deer); address the growing landscape-scale threats associated with climate change (e.g., drought, plant invasions, altered fire frequency); and growing and changing resource use: wind, solar, oil, and gas development, urbanization and a growing human population.
1. Approach is flexible to allow for the consideration and adoption of the priorities of partners;
2. Approach draws from existing conservation and management plans, (e.g., Recovery Plans, State Wildlife Action Plan, and Rapid Ecoregional Assessments, etc.), to identify and prioritize conservation actions;
3. Encourage development of strong and supportive collaboration with partners; and
4. Facilitate the pooling of resources to accomplish selected actions and monitoring efforts.
1) Strategic selection of high value landscapes to focus our collective efforts (landscape strategy);
2) Prioritizing mutually beneficial conservation actions with partners in those landscapes with partners;
3) Collaboratively implementing management actions; and
4) Measuring success and adapting as needed.