Strategic Habitat Conservation
Conserving the Nature of America


Strategic Habitat Conservation


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A Lasting Fish and Wildlife Legacy

"The great American physicist Albert Einstein challenged, "You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew."

The Service conservation heroes that came before us did just that very thing: They envisioned something better and grander than the status quo. Like them, we must be unstoppable in pursuing our vision for healthy, sustainable ecosystems for fish, wildlife, plants and people."

   -- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe in his first message to employees, 2011

Conservation Vision:

We envision a future which fulfills America’s passion for opportunities to enjoy landscapes and waterways that provide homes for diverse and sustainable populations of fish, wildlife, and plants.

Values Statement:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service values strong conservation partnerships focused on restoring, connecting and conserving landscapes that sustain both wildlife populations and people. 

We are a learning organization, fostering and rewarding innovation and calculated risk-taking.  Our workforce is valued for their opinions and expertise and is recognized for our engagement in decision-making that is critical to the long-term success of the Service.

We are driven to improve, using the latest advancements in science, technology and wildlife management to achieve the greatest possible benefit for wild things and wild places. 

We have the courage to make hard decisions and focus our work on explicit objectives, the discipline to assess our progress, and the integrity to change course when needed. 

These values are embedded in the culture of our organization and expressed in everything we do.

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Additional Resources:

SHC: A Lasting Fish and Wildlife Legacy Fact Sheet



Last updated: December 11, 2014

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