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A state-based national network for effective wildlife conservation

TitleA state-based national network for effective wildlife conservation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMeretsky, VJ, Maguire, LA, Davis, FW, Stoms, DM, J. Scott, M, Figg, D, Goble, DD, Griffith, B, Henke, SE, Vaughn, J, Yaffee, SL

State wildlife conservation programs provide a strong foundation for biodiversity conservation in the United States, building on state wildlifeaction plans. However, states may miss the species that are at the most risk at rangewide scales, and threats such as novel diseases and climatechange 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 nationalcounterpart exists to support efforts at that scale. A national conservation-support program could fill this gap and could work across the conservationcommunity to identify large-scale conservation needs and support efforts to meet them. By providing important information-sharing andcapacity-building services, such a program would advance collaborative conservation among the states and their partners, thus increasing boththe effectiveness and the efficiency of conservation in the United States.

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