Conservation Business Management

The Conservation Business Management framework consists of an integrated set of data, processes, and tools that will help the Service fully implement the “management realm” of SHC – i.e., focus our efforts on common biological outcomes at landscape scales, translate those outcomes into measurable objectives and operational actions, and monitor and improve the effectiveness of both. The foundation of the framework rests squarely on a new operational perspective – the “landscape layer” – and requires the Service to organize, develop and collect a common set of landscape-scale SHC-based biological (e.g., conservation targets, objectives) and “business” data elements (e.g., describing the benefits, feasibility, costs and risks associated with our conservation choices).

SCALS LEADERSHIP TEAM: View the list of team members for the SCALS Core Leadership team and Executive Oversight Team (EOT) Conservation Business Management Framework: View Additional information on the technical realm of SHC can be found here: Director’s Charge 2011: View the Director’s Charge for Vision Change to a Conservation Business Model/Framework  (Director’s Memo)
Conservation Business Management at a Glance
Conservation Business Management

For almost a decade, the FWS has been guided by the Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) conservation approach. Adopted in 2006, SHC establishes self-sustaining populations of fish and wildlife, in the context of landscape and system sustainability, as the overarching goal of conservation. SHC relies on an adaptive management framework to inform decisions about where and how to deliver conservation effectively and efficiently with our partners to achieve biological outcomes necessary to sustain fish and wildlife populations.

Since then, FWS has engaged in SHC with notable results, including contributing to some of the nation’s most important conservation programs and leading projects that have made significant contributions toward protecting the species and habitats we are entrusted to conserve. Our work with SHC has also led to the creation and strengthening of many partnerships – and with it, the unlocking of new opportunities that help us advance our conservation activity and knowledge base, greatly improving our mission “reach”. However, there is more to do.

Today, our implementation is focused on bringing along the equally important “management realm” of SHC. This includes development of a Conservation Business Management framework that will help FWS leadership and management better determines where to work, what to conserve, what strategies we should use and measure how effective we have been. Our framework will integrate our SHC approach with key “business” and analytical methods that we use to assess and plan our actions.