Strategic Habitat Conservation
Conserving the Nature of America


Strategic Habitat Conservation

Biological Planning

Conservation Design

Conservation Delivery

Monitoring and Research

Related Information:

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

FWS Climate Strategy

Science Excellence

Shared Stories and Practices



Conservation Design

Conservation design involves combining geospatial data with biological information and models to create tools such as maps that evaluate the potential of every acre of habitat to support a species’ population. Using these tools, we can determine what the current habitat-acre capability is — and what it needs to be – to achieve our specific biological objectives or outcomes. We can then make decisions collaboratively about the kind, quantity, and configuration of habitat needed, and what activities to undertake and where.

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Additional Resources:

SHC Sharepoint Portal (FWS and DOI employees only)


Recommended Practices for Landscape Conservation Design guide cover. Credit: USFWS
Recommended Practices for LCD Guide

SHC report cover. Credit: USFWS
SHC Report

SHC report cover. Credit: USFWS
SHC Handbook

Conservation in Transition


Last updated: October 1, 2018

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