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Strategic Habitat Conservation: Why?

  Ken Elowe, Northeast Regional Assistant Director for Science Applications, discusses why the Service is implementing SHC and what it means for Service employees and partners.

Strategic Habitat Conservation: Perspectives from the Alaska Region

  Heather Abbey, SHC Coordinator in the Service's Alaska Region, talks about changing our conservation approach to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Surrogate Species: A Conservation Conversation

spacer Leaders in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Pacific Region provide their thoughts on Strategic Habitat Conservation and selecting surrogate species.

Surrogate Species: Perspectives from the Southeast Region

Service Regions and Headquarters are currently conducting or planning training sessions for employees and partners to outline the Strategic Habitat Conservation approach and to encourage feedback on the draft technical guidance for selecting surrogate species. Below, Service staff and partners share their thoughts from the recent Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperatives workshop in the Southeast Region.

Charlie Pelizza

spacer Charlie Pelizza, project leader for the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex, previews what he’ll tell his staff about surrogate species.

Eric Sutton

spacer Eric Sutton, director of the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, talks about his expectations going into the workshop, and his parting thoughts at the end.

Kevin Godsea

spacer Kevin Godsea, project leader for the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex, says the workshop helped him understand the reasons behind the surrogate species effort.

Steve Traxler

spacer Steve Traxler, interim science coordinator for the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative and a senior biologist in the Ecological Services Office in Vero Beach, FL, talks about the value of the datasets already available in Florida, and the links between surrogate species, Strategic Habitat Conservation and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.

Thomas Eason

spacer Thomas Eason, deputy director of the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, uses index funds on the stock market as an analogy to explain surrogate species.

Strategic Habitat Conservation: A Partner's Perspective

  Paul Schmidt, Ducks Unlimited's chief conservation officer, discusses the importance of selecting surrogate species and implementing SHC to meet the conservation challenges of the 21st century.


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Rick Kearney. Credit: USFWSRick Kearney, Assistant Regional Director for Science Applications in Region 8, discusses the concept of functional landscapes and using surrogate species and SHC to establish measurable biological outcomes for conservation planning and design. (Transcript)

Seth Mott. Credit: USFWSConnecting the Dots Podcasts - Join Seth Mott, Deputy Science Advisor for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, in brief discussions about surrogate species, SHC, and how the associated concepts are connected.



Introduction. (Time: 3:40)

What are biological outcomes and why focus on them? (Time: 3:19)

How do biological outcomes relate to landscape level conservation and partnerships? (Time: 2:00)

How do surrogate species relate to biological outcomes and why use them? (Time: 2:35)

Can you tell us more about draft guidance for selecting surrogate species? (Time: 6:04)

Why do we need new priority species? Why select surrogate species now? (Time: 2:23)

What is another dot we need to connect? Refers to Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs). (Time: 2:30)

How are you getting input from the Field and the Regions on this brand new selection process for surrogate species? (Time: 2:58)

Can you share one of the benefits of this new way of working that you been thinking about? (Time: 2:11)



Last updated: December 11, 2014

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