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Proactive Strategies for Protecting Species

Proactive Strategies for Protecting Species

Nearly forty years old, the US Endangered Species Act (ESA) remains a landmark act in conservation and one of the world’s most comprehensive laws designed to prevent species extinctions and support recovery efforts for imperiled species. A controversial law and often subject to political attack, the ESA is successful overall but not without difficulties. Those who enforce the ESA, for example, struggle to achieve viable recovery goals for many species.

This forward-thinking, innovative volume provides a roadmap for designing species conservation programs on the ground so they are effective and take place upstream of regulation, which will contribute to a reduction in lawsuits and other expenses that arise after a species is listed. Proactive Strategies for Species Protection is a guidebook for anyone anywhere interested in designing programs that incentivize environmental stewardship and species conservation.

This volume brings together ecologists, foresters, social scientists, lawyers, ranchers, government officials, and others to create a legal, scientific, sociological, financial, and technological foundation for designing solutions that incentivize conservation action for hundreds of at-risk species—prior to their potential listing under the ESA. Proactive Strategies for Protecting Species explores the perspectives, opportunities, and challenges around designing and implementing pre-listing programs and approaches to species conservation.

Climbing high to save a threatened West Coast plant

Climbing high to save a threatened West Coast plant

Josh Donlan is quoted this week in Science News Magazine in an article that looks at the amazing group of plants called "liveforevers." Many of the species belonging to the genus Dudelya are endangered. In the late 1990s, Josh Donlan worked on the San Benito Islands in northwest Mexico, where he helped save an endemic Dudleya that was threatened with extinction from non-native rabbits. Check out the article here.