U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Sustainable Landscapes
Version 1.0: June 2013
Case Study for EVSP331 I001 Spr13
Case Study: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Sustainable Landscapes Presented by:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service profile
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) was established in 1871 when the U.S. Congress established the U.S. Fish Commission to study the decrease of the nation’s food fish. Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is mission is to the conservation, protection and enhancement of fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for implementing and enforcing some of our Nation’s most important environmental laws, such as the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, North American Wetlands Conservation Act, and Lacey Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the only government agency who primary responsibility is the management of these important natural resources. 2013 Budget: $1,484,600,000
2014 Budget request: $1,551,961,000
Land Management: 307,037,373.70 acres throughout the US and it’s territories FWS is broke into 9 geographical areas called “Boundaries” Receives over 40 million visitors each year
Previous approaches to conservation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has traditionally approached conservation with an emphasis on “more” - more protection, more restoration, and more management. The Service utilizes a diverse and largely decentralized organization to meet its conservation and management responsibilities. The headquarters office has primary responsibility for policy formulation and budget allocation within major program areas, while the Regional U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices have primary responsibility for implementation of these policies and management of field staff. This organizational structure allows the Service to address wildlife issues effectively at the regional, State, and local level, as well as work effectively with a variety of partners, including other federal agencies, States, tribes, nongovernmental organizations and the public. All of the Service’s work is guided by a set of Conservation Principles. These include: Stewardship – Our ethic is to conserve natural resources for future generations. People – Our employees are our most valued asset. Science – Our work is grounded in thorough, objective science. Partnerships – We emphasize creative, innovative partnerships. Professionalism – We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards, strive for excellence and respect others. Legacy – We ensure the future of natural resource conservation by connecting people with nature. Service – It is our privilege to serve the American people. Current situation
The traditional U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conservation approach has frequently relied more on opportunity and less on scientific strategies. Resulting conservation priorities, policies, and actions have not fully benefited from landscape level considerations or the priorities and work of others. Currently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is undergoing a significant change in the way they are looking at conservation. As stated above, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service traditionally had the mind set of conservation with an emphasis on “more” - more protection, more restoration, and more management. Recent advances in the field of conservation science, however, are leading us in a new direction – a strategic pursuit of sustainable landscapes. These advances result from a growing body of information regarding conservation biology, landscape and population ecology, and adaptive resource management, along with improvements in remote sensing, database management, and geographic information systems (GIS). In short, activity based conservation with an emphasis on “more” gives way to the science of “how much...
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