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How To Share Your Comments On Surrogate Species Technical Guidance

Craig Czarnecki presentation in St. Louis
Craig Czarnecki discusses the process for selecting surrogate species with Service employees in St. Louis (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)

By Ashley Spratt
External Affairs

To enable effective and efficient fish and wildlife conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has developed draft technical guidance to help employees and partners establish biological outcomes at defined landscape scales.

This guidance describes a standard process and criteria for defining biological outcomes using a surrogate species approach, reducing the burden of addressing the requirements of many species individually.

The application of this guidance represents an opportunity for the Service to participate with partners in advancing understanding of surrogate species science and refining application of the Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) framework to our conservation activities.

This fall, the Midwest Region hosted a series of Surrogate Species Technical Guidance Workshops with regional and field office staff to build an understanding of surrogate species and their relationship to SHC. The workshops also shared information on how employees and partners can provide informed feedback on the draft technical guidance. 

Comments may be submitted on behalf of the Midwest Region, individual employees, partners and the public by January 31, 2013.

Employees: Staff may submit their comments by clicking here to visit our Sharepoint site.

Partners and public: Input from our partners is also critical. Partners and members of the public can submit comments online at

Background materials: For additional information, visit the Midwest Region InsideFWS Functional Landscape Web site at or the national strategic habitat conservation Web site at

To learn more about why the Service is using the SHC framework and focusing on biological outcomes to measure success, watch the video below.





Last updated: June 8, 2020