Completing the system: Opportunities and challenges for a national habitat conservation system

Jocelyn L. Aycrigg, Craig Groves, Jodi A. Hilty, J. Michael Scott, Paul Beier, D. A. Boyce, Dennis Figg, Healy Hamilton, Gary Machlis, Kit Muller, K. V. Rosenberg, Raymond M. Sauvajot, Mark Shaffer, Rand Wentworth

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Abstract

The United States has achieved significant conservation goals to date, but the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem processes is accelerating. We evaluate opportunities and challenges to conserving our biodiversity by completing a national habitat conservation system, which could stem losses of natural resources and ecosystem services and proactively prepare for climate-change impacts. Lessons learned from two international conservation systems and the infrastructure of national bird conservation partnerships provide examples for completing a national habitat conservation system. One option is to convene a national forum of interested public and private parties to undertake four key actions; develop a common conservation vision and set measureable goals, complete a conservation assessment, use an adaptive management framework to monitor progress toward this vision, and implement strategies to complete a national habitat conservation system. Completing a national habitat conservation system is key to meeting the challenges of conserving habitats and biodiversity of the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)774-784
Number of pages11
JournalBioScience
Volume66
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

Keywords

  • biodiversity
  • conservation areas
  • conservation planning
  • national habitat conservation system
  • public private partnerships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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    Aycrigg, J. L., Groves, C., Hilty, J. A., Scott, J. M., Beier, P., Boyce, D. A., Figg, D., Hamilton, H., Machlis, G., Muller, K., Rosenberg, K. V., Sauvajot, R. M., Shaffer, M., & Wentworth, R. (2016). Completing the system: Opportunities and challenges for a national habitat conservation system. BioScience, 66(9), 774-784. https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biw090