Strategic Habitat Conservation
Conserving the Nature of America


Strategic Habitat Conservation

Biological Planning

Conservation Design

Conservation Delivery

Monitoring and Research

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Shared Stories and Practices



Conservation Delivery

Conservation delivery involves working strategically to influence human behaviors, species, and habitats across the landscape. It involves using the products of conservation design to adjust and target our efforts, as we collaborate with people to develop and carry out conservation strategies that affect the landscapes, habitats, and ecological processes fish and wildlife depend on. Conservation strategies, delivery tools, and management activities, such as restoring wetlands, acquiring grassland easements, and working with private landowners to enhance habitat conditions for priority species (e.g., candidate conservation agreements), can be targeted to those areas that have the greatest benefits for fish, wildlife, and plant populations based on landscape scale models and designs. In this way, site-scale actions are coordinated and linked to landscape-scale habitat objectives and population outcomes using the biological planning and conservation design tools described above. Other important conservation delivery tools to influence human behavior and help achieve biological outcomes include communication, environmental education, access to recreational opportunities, regulatory forums and processes, conservation policy development, and targeted law enforcement activities. With such a broad array of tools at our disposal—tools based on biological planning and conservation design work—we can ensure that our actions add up to real landscape level results for fish, wildlife, and plants.


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Additional Resources:

SHC Sharepoint Portal (FWS and DOI employees only)


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SHC Report

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SHC Handbook

Conservation in Transition


Last updated: December 11, 2014

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