Tagged with Conservation

Conservation Triage or Injurious Neglect in Endangered Species Recovery

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (March 29, 2016 v113 n13 pp3563-3566    / by Leah R. Gerber http://www.pnas.org/content/113/13/3563.short Listing endangered and threatened species under the US Endangered Species Act is presumed to offer a defense against extinction and a solution to achieve recovery of imperiled populations, but only if effective conservation action ensues after … Continue reading

The Sage Grouse Initiative Interactive Web Application

Sage Grouse Initiative http://map.sagegrouseinitiative.com/ [From Press Release] Today, the Sage Grouse Initiative, led by USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service, is unveiling a new tool to catalyze and improve habitat conservation efforts across the western United States. The SGI Interactive Web Application is free and available to the public, presenting cutting-edge geospatial data covering 100 million acres. The … Continue reading

Integrating Landscape Approaches and Multi-Resource Analysis into Natural Resource Management: Summary of a Workshop

National Research Council http://bit.ly/1TfmAlx The responsible management of natural resources for present-day needs and future generations requires integrated approaches that are place-based, embrace systems thinking, and incorporate the social, economic, and environmental considerations of sustainability. Landscape-scale analysis takes this holistic view by focusing on the spatial scales most appropriate for the resource types and values … Continue reading

The Baylands and Climate Change

San Francisco Bay Area Wetlands Ecosystem Restoration Project http://baylandsgoals.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Baylands_Complete_Report.pdf [From a Climate Wire article by Debra Kahn, sub. req’d] The San Francisco Bay Area needs to speed up the pace of wetlands restoration in order to deal with rising sea levels from climate change, according to a report released yesterday… that recommended the preservation and restoration … Continue reading

Value of Improved Information about Forest Protection Values, with Application to Rainforest Valuation

World Bank / Jon Strand and Sauleh Siddiqui http://bit.ly/1VEFDHP What is the utility from obtaining more precise values of natural resource objects (rainforests), through surveys or other similar information gathering? In the value of information problems studied here, a principal who wishes to preserve a resource sets a price to offer to a seller without knowing … Continue reading

Confronting and Resolving Competing Values Behind Conservation Objectives

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (August 17, 2015, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1504788112 PNAS September 1, 2015 vol. 112 no. 35 11132-11137) / by Daniel S. Karp, et al. http://www.pnas.org/content/112/35/11132.short Diverse motivations for preserving nature both inspire and hinder its conservation. Optimal conservation strategies may differ radically depending on the objective. For example, creating nature reserves may … Continue reading

Sage Grouse Conservation Blueprint Released

Sage Grouse Initiative 2.0 Investment Strategy, FY 2015-2018 US Dept. of Agriculture http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/PA_NRCSConsumption/download?cid=nrcseprd391816&ext=pdf [From a Greenwire article by Phil Taylor, sub. req’d] The Agriculture Department today announced plans to invest $211 million in sage grouse conservation through 2018, a final push to prevent the bird’s extinction that calls for expanded efforts to combat invasive weeds … Continue reading