A state-based national network for effective wildlife conservation

Vicky J. Meretsky, Lynn A. Maguire, Frank W. Davis, David M. Stoms, J. Michael Scott, Dennis Figg, Dale D. Goble, Brad Griffith, Scott E. Henke, Jacqueline Vaughn, Steven L. Yaffee

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Abstract

State wildlife conservation programs provide a strong foundation for biodiversity conservation in the United States, building on state wildlife action plans. However, states may miss the species that are at the most risk at rangewide scales, and threats such as novel diseases and climate change increasingly act at regional and national levels. Regional collaborations among states and their partners have had impressive successes, and several federal programs now incorporate state priorities. However, regional collaborations are uneven across the country, and no national counterpart exists to support efforts at that scale. A national conservation-support program could fill this gap and could work across the conservation community to identify large-scale conservation needs and support efforts to meet them. By providing important information-sharing and capacity-building services, such a program would advance collaborative conservation among the states and their partners, thus increasing both the effectiveness and the efficiency of conservation in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)970-976
Number of pages7
JournalBioScience
Volume62
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2012

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Keywords

  • Biodiversity
  • Collaborative conservation
  • Land management
  • Policy and ethics
  • Regional conservation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Meretsky, V. J., Maguire, L. A., Davis, F. W., Stoms, D. M., Scott, J. M., Figg, D., Goble, D. D., Griffith, B., Henke, S. E., Vaughn, J., & Yaffee, S. L. (2012). A state-based national network for effective wildlife conservation. BioScience, 62(11), 970-976. https://doi.org/10.1525/bio.2012.62.11.6