Mission:Wildlife is a Sand County Foundation-sponsored project to develop and deploy innovative ideas that will make America’s endangered species policy more effective at restoring wildlife while reducing costs to communities and increasing predictability for business.
Whether on the private lands, on which more than half of all endangered species are found, or the third of U.S. lands managed by federal agencies, new ideas are needed to expand landowner incentives, reduce conflict and speed the recovery of endangered animals and plants.
Mission:Wildlife is a start up project to develop policy proposals that will benefit private lands, expand the use of conservation banking and other effective types of habitat offset markets, ensure federal funds are used efficiently and encourage quicker decision-making based on the best science available.
“Evaluating planning successes for the conservation of the Arctic grayling” reviews how a candidate conservation agreement helped keep the species from needing listing under the Endangered Species Act. Ranchers on the Big Hole River in Montana voluntarily changed their management so the Arctic grayling is recovering. This is a striking example that landowners elsewhere can follow to recover other rare species in this nation.
Expanding Opportunities for Threatened Species Conservation through Section 4(d) of the ESA explains in simple language the way 4(d) Rules work and recommends practical improvements to that section of the ESA. Underwritten by Sand County Foundation and The Nature Conservancy, this important new Mission:Wildlife report explores better ways to protect, conserve and when needed, recover more species of concern, faster and with less social and economic disruption.
An analysis of a proposed Fish and Wildlife Service policy on Critical Habitat Exclusions provides organizations and individuals who have an interest in endangered species issues with a better understanding of the implications of this new policy and a set of recommendations for improvements to it. Read more about it here.
A report from Mission:Wildlife and Sand County Foundation provides a summary of a US Fish and Wildlife Service draft policy on species credits, and suggests ways it should be improved to create significantly greater benefits for wildlife, landowners and businesses. Read more about the draft policy here.
More on Mission:Wildlife’s work can be read in in the Wall Street Journal, Seattle Times, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Hill newspapers.
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PHOTO: Gregory Breese, USFWS