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Monday, February 6 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Symposia Session - S4: Sustaining America's Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources. Federal Agency Perspective

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AUTHORS: John F. Organ, Ph.D., CWB®, Chief, Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units, U.S. Geological Survey

ABSTRACT: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state fish and wildlife agencies struggle to restore species’ populations that are currently protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act while also addressing the backlog of species petitioned for listing.  Nationally, State Wildlife Action Plans have identified over 12,000 Species of Greatest Conservation Need. In the coming years, thousands of species could potentially be added to the list of federal threatened and endangered species.  For a significant number of these declining species, the threats and necessary actions are not clearly understood.  Recently, pro-active cooperative conservation efforts, fueled by conservation science, have resulted in decisions to not list species proposed for Endangered Species listing (greater sage grouse; New England cottontail).  Restoring declining species to sustainable levels in order to prevent listing or to de-list species will require substantial investment in addressing information gaps and evaluating success of management actions.  The national Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units have a tradition of close collaboration with state Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and are prepared to invest and assist with cooperative conservation efforts.

Monday February 6, 2017 2:20pm - 2:40pm CST
Grand Ballroom E