Where Property Rights and Biodiversity Converge Part I: Conservation Planning at the Regional Scale.Abstract
In the tension between property rights and the public interest in protecting remnant habitats resides the most daunting daunt
tr.v. daunt·ed, daunt·ing, daunts
To abate the courage of; discourage. See Synonyms at dismay.
[Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin challenges that our national program to protect biodiversity will face in the next era. Habitat Conservation To conserve habitat life for wild species and prevent their extinction or reduction in range is a priority of a great many groups that cannot be easily characterized in terms of any one ideology. Plans (HCPs) provide a mechanism to address these conflicts. The number of HCPs has increased dramatically in recent years leading to considerable scrutiny of this tool by conservation biologists and environmental organizations. This paper distills the many critical reviews and recommendations for reform of this process. It reveals that HCPs that approach conservation at a bioregional scale can better address the needs of both imperiled species and property owners than can single species, single landowner plans. Bioregional conservation planning can potentially lead to several benefits, including: more equitable apportionment The process by which legislative seats are distributed among units entitled to representation; determination of the number of representatives that a state, county, or other subdivision may send to a legislative body. The U.S. of the costs of conservation, fostering species recovery, facilitating adaptive management Adaptive management
An approach to management of natural resources that emphasizes how little is known about the dynamics of ecosystems and that as more is learned management will evolve and improve. , strengthening public participation, and capturing economies of scale for high-caliber science. Multi-species plans undertaken by county or state governments can be a step in this direction. Recovery plans and programmatic conservation standards could be upgraded to also serve as vehicles for establishing bioregional conservation goals as a template for individual HCPs. All of these strategies will require a more proactive involvement of federal agencies to assist in conservation science and planning and in managing public lands to foster recovery of imperiled species.
Biodiversity protection versus private property rights
Harvard professor Edward O. Wilson predicts that at current extinction rates, our world could irretrievably ir·re·triev·a·ble
Difficult or impossible to retrieve or recover: Once the ring fell down the drain, it was irretrievable.
ir lose a fifth or more of its plant and animal species by the year 2020. This is 1,000 to 10,000 times the natural extinction rate (Wilson 1992). In the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , 16% of mammals, 14% of birds, and an alarming 37% of freshwater fish species are either extinct, imperiled, or vulnerable (The Nature Conservancy Nature Conservancy, nonprofit organization established in 1951 to preserve or aid in the preservation of natural environments. It protects wilderness areas in the United States and Canada and is affiliated with similar groups in Latin America and the Caribbean. 1997). Each of these species is a unique, one-time adaptive experiment, and an embodiment of wonder and learning never to be repeated while this planet endures. We are, in effect, throwing away the science books before they can be written. The overwhelming cause is loss of habitat.
The potential conflict between private property rights and the public interest in preserving biodiversity is among the daunting challenges that conservationists will face in the next era of biodiversity protection. And, this conflict is poised to become increasingly contentious. According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, half of all federally listed species are not found on federal lands, and more than half of listed species have at least 80% of their habitat on nonfederal land (Defenders of Wildlife Defenders of Wildlife is non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1947 out of concern for perceived cruelties of the use of steel-jawed leghold traps for trapping fur-bearing animals. 1998). The only hope for preserving species over time is by maintaining or restoring viable populations of species that are adequately distributed in healthy ecosystems (Cheever 1996). Yet, for those species whose habitat is mainly or exclusively on private lands, intact ecosystems are becoming increasingly rare.
Habitat conservation plans: a solution?
When it was enacted in 1973, the Endangered Species Act The federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) (16 U.S.C.A. §§ 1531 et seq.) was enacted to protect animal and plant species from extinction by preserving the ecosystems in which they survive and by providing programs for their conservation. (ESA 1. (architecture) ESA - Enterprise Systems Architecture.
2. (body) ESA - European Space Agency. ) simply prohibited any "take" of endangered species endangered species, any plant or animal species whose ability to survive and reproduce has been jeopardized by human activities. In 1999 the U.S. government, in accordance with the U.S. , and that prohibition has since been extended by the U.S. Supreme Court to include destruction of a species' habitat (Babbitt v. Sweet Home Chapter of Communities, 115 S.Ct. 2407 1995). An absolute ban on the development of endangered species habitat, however, proved unworkable. Instead, Congress proposed Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) as an alternative to such a ban. The ESA was amended in 1982 to authorize the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is a United States federal agency. A division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of Commerce, NMFS is responsible for the stewardship and management of the nation's living marine (collectively, the Services) to permit take incidental to development when approved as part of a habitat conservation plan prepared by the land or water rights holder.
These HCPs are essentially settlements of regulatory liabilities that are voluntarily negotiated between the federal government and private landholders or state and local governments and other stakeholders Stakeholders
All parties that have an interest, financial or otherwise, in a firm-stockholders, creditors, bondholders, employees, customers, management, the community, and the government. (in some cases). They are designed to foster economic development free of the risks associated with the occurrence of endangered species on private lands. HCPs must include species conservation and mitigation measures sufficient for the Services to find that the take will not appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival or recovery of the species. The landowner then receives an assurance--called the "no surprises" guarantee--that the Services will not increase the conservation measures or other requirements without the landowner's consent, no matter how successful or unsuccessful these may ultimately prove to be. The no surprises arrangement has ignited a veritable explosion in HCPs. As of this writing, some 400 such plans are in various stages of development, approval, or implementation nationwide.
Drawbacks of HCPs
Several features of HCPs have stirred controversy. First, HCPs allow the Services to permit development activities that will have some measure of adverse impact on species and habitats that are already severely depleted de·plete
tr.v. de·plet·ed, de·plet·ing, de·pletes
To decrease the fullness of; use up or empty out.
[Latin d and degraded as long as these activities do not appreciably reduce the prospects for the survival and recovery of the species. What these species need, however, is a net improvement in their survival prospects. They need a recovery strategy. Indications of this mismatch between statutory and conservation requirements can be seen on the ground: 62% of listed species covered by an HCP HCP,
n healthcare provider, a professional who specializes in treating and managing a person's general or specific health needs. are declining and 4% of these species are declining so rapidly that extinction is possible within the next 20 years (Karieva et al. 1999). As long as HCPs are seen as instruments to "nickel-and-dime" species toward extinction, the HCP process will never be satisfactory to conservation interests, just as it will never be satisfactory to private rights holders as long as habitat conservation represents a permanent cloud over cloud over
1. (of the sky or weather) to become cloudy: it was clouding over and we thought it would rain
2. the exercise of development rights.
Second, the "no surprises" regulatory assurance provides landowners with important incentives to participate in the development and implementation of HCPs. But, it does so by making vulnerable species bear the risks incident to incomplete and ambiguous understanding of how abundance levels will respond to particular conservation strategies. Neither investments in private development nor the survival of species are secure under this arrangement. The regulatory exemption is a gamble because HCPs tend to freight more on the current state of conservation science than it can deliver. Three respected experts have stated, "Biological systems are not only more complex than we know; they are inherently more complex than we can know" (Noss et al 1997). Thus, often there is no certain answer to the key questions that are posed in a HCP.
For many years the dominant scientific paradigm held that ecosystems were stable, closed, internally regulated, and behaved in a deterministic manner. Today, however, ecosystems are seen as being in a constant state of flux Noun 1. state of flux - a state of uncertainty about what should be done (usually following some important event) preceding the establishment of a new direction of action; "the flux following the death of the emperor"
flux , usually without long-term stability The long-term stability of an oscillator, the degree of uniformity of frequency over time, when the frequency is measured under identical environmental conditions, such as supply voltage, load, and temperature. . Moreover, they are affected by a series of human and other stochastic factors, many of which originate outside the ecosystems (Williams, 1997). Biologists worry that the "no surprises" guarantee does not take into account this new understanding of ecosystems.
In a statement to the U.S. Congress, 150 prominent conservation scientists contended that assurances to landowners guaranteeing the immutability im·mu·ta·ble
Not subject or susceptible to change.
im·muta·bil of their conservation obligations in HCPs "does not reflect ecological reality and rejects the best scientific judgment of our era. Moreover, it proposes a world of certainty that does not, has not, and will never exist" (Meffe 1996). The rigidity of the "no surprises" guarantee could foil the Services' ability to take action to the point of extirpation ex·tir·pa·tion
The surgical removal of an organ, part of an organ, or diseased tissue.
extir·pate for a listed species. The political firestorm ensuing such an occurrence could render the entire "no surprises" guarantee null and void. Also, conservation interests and local communities are often excluded from the balancing of biodiversity protection and local economic development that occurs in HCP negotiations. Consequently, the process often does not integrate the support of these interests or generate confidence in the scientific base of the resulting conservation program.
Clearly, some vehicle is needed to conserve habitats affected by development rights on lands and waters beyond the federal domain. In order to be effective, this vehicle must provide incentives for private rights holders to work with regulatory agencies. The challenge is to set up a conservation arrangement that truly advances the survival and ultimate recovery of species and concurrently limits the financial burdens and biological risks imposed on private enterprises.
Fitting HCPs within bioregional conservation strategies
Although biodiversity conservation requires ecosystem protection, the ESA's regulatory mechanisms are species-specific and are only activated by the listing of individual species (Thornton 1991). Conservation biologists argue that the single species focus of the ESA has not been very successful in protecting functioning ecosystems since it does not take into consideration the interdependence of species with one another and the broader landscape (Noss et al. 1997, Carrol et al. 1996). Because the needs of species are "specific", single species plans for the same area could potentially be pitted against one another if not closely coordinated.
Conservation biologists and commentators are beginning to reach a consensus that the optimal planning unit for habitat conservation should not be the individual land holding or water diversion, and that the main conservation focus should not be the individual listed species. Instead, planning should be conducted on a landscape level in which habitat conservation strategies are developed for a "bioregion bi·o·re·gion
An area constituting a natural ecological community with characteristic flora, fauna, and environmental conditions and bounded by natural rather than artificial borders. " covering entire ecosystems and communities of species that live within them (Defenders of Wildlife 1998; Noss et al. 1997). This scale of planning would benefit both ecosystems and property rights holders. Furthermore, there is some evidence that plans developed for ecological communities Ecological communities
Assemblages of living organisms that occur together in an area. The nature of the forces that knit these assemblages into organized systems and those properties of assemblages that manifest this organization have been topics of intense have been scientifically superior to single-species plans, especially with respect to mitigation and monitoring (Kareiva et al. 1999).
Clearly, the extent to which HCPs take into account multiple species and the ecosystem as a whole is important to their ultimate success (Noss et al. 1997). Historically, however, individual property owners have prepared HCPs to cover activities within their parcel that will affect one or more listed species found thereon. Although most HCPs have been relatively small, neither the ESA nor its regulations limit HCP size. In fact, the range of HCP size is extremely broad, spanning six orders of magnitude. The smallest approved plan to date was prepared for the Florida scrub jay
Several of the largest HCPs, such as those developed in Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, , have considered multiple properties and species and have attempted to address planning for endangered species and ecological communities on a regional scale. Local government units generally direct these plans, covering a community of both currently listed and potentially listable species. Multispecies, multi-parcel conservation planning is a promising step forward. Moreover, rescaling conservation planning and permit issuing can address many of the perceived problems with HCPs for both species and property owners. Potential advantages of landscape-scale, multi-party HCPs include the following:
Providing a biological basis for allocating responsibility among rights holders: Landscape scale planning can specify the overall conservation effort that is needed to protect communities of species, thereby providing a basis for determining what share of the burden an individual property owner should bear in an HCP. Currently, the ESA affords no mechanism for allocating the conservation burden between multiple private landowners or between private rights holders and public lands. Instead, the burden is allocated in a piecemeal fashion through the approval of individual HCPs, federal actions related to endangered species and their habitat (Section 7 of the ESA), and public land management decisions. As a result, those who get their approvals earliest get the best deal, with larger burdens reserved for latecomers.
Fostering species recovery: At the landscape scale, it is possible to calibrate To adjust or bring into balance. Scanners, CRTs and similar peripherals may require periodic adjustment. Unlike digital devices, the electronic components within these analog devices may change from their original specification. See color calibration and tweak. habitat conservation planning toward recovery of listed species and protection of other vulnerable species. The only biologically defensible aim for habitat conservation planning is a net improvement in the survival prospects for listed species and the prevention of further declines in unlisted species. This objective is harder to advance at the level of landholding-specific HCPs, which tend to aim for mitigation or, at best, avoidance of impacts on listed species.
Creating economies of scale for science: Good science is expensive and the tasks of gathering and interpreting the necessary data can be onerous for individual landowners. Rescaling shifts an appreciable degree of this burden from individual property owners applying for incidental take permits to the public agencies and the broader constellation of rights holders that have interests and responsibilities in the eco-region.
Facilitating adaptive management: Because adaptive management requires that some part of the development plan covered by an HCP remain contingent, it is more feasible to engage in adaptive management at the landscape scale. Although this management style is more effective on a larger planning scale, it is feasible for smaller plans as well.
Strengthening public participation: The degree and quality of public participation is generally higher within a broader planning scale that includes multiple parties. This correlation is especially evident if a local government unit mediates the HCP process by applying for the federal permit and then issuing sub-permits to individual landholders. Such local agencies routinely include the public in similar land use planning
Land use planning is the term used for a branch of public policy which encompasses various disciplines which seek to order and regulate the use of land in an efficient and ethical way. processes. In contrast, case studies show that public participation has not been higher in cases where a single landowner prepares a large, landscape-scale HCP, as is exemplified by the many HCPs developed by timber companies.
The idea that landholding-specific or water right-specific conservation requirements should be determined in the context of broader conservation objectives is hardly radical. It is rather analogous to the way permits are issued for new, major pollution-emitting facilities within airsheds that are already in violation of national ambient air quality standards The National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) are standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency that apply for outdoor air throughout the country. . Similarly, discharger-specific effluent allowances regulating water pollution are determined in reference to basin-wide water quality criteria. Likewise, new incursions on habitat for biodiversity should be subject to conditions that contribute toward a landscape-scale objective of recovery for imperiled species.
Vehicles to achieve a bioregional conservation strategy
Individual HCPs should be designed to contribute to a bioregional conservation strategy that aims for long-term, sustainable conservation. Reaching this goal may entail more rigorous activities than simply avoiding or minimizing impacts on the subject landholding land·hold·er
One that owns land.
landholding n. . In some cases, off-site mitigation may be required to reduce the threat to the species. This type of mitigation may be best fulfilled by requiring that contributions be made to a mitigation fund as a condition of permit issuance.
Natural communities conservation plans
The land-use planning functions of state and local governments can be harnessed to undertake bioregional conservation planning. Since state and local governments already play the predominant role in local land-use planning, economies of scale and consistency of conservation objectives can be achieved by directly involving them in HCP development. In the currently emerging model, state and local government units prepare regional conservation plans, submit them to the Services for approval as master HCPs, and distribute sub-permits to individual property owners that specify take allowances in a manner consistent with the master HCP and master Incidental Take Permit.
The California Natural Communities Conservation Program (NCCP NCCP Noncardiac chest pain, see there ) represents such a bioregional planning program (Silver 1997). The NCCP is a regional, ecosystem-wide, and multi-species program. A typical plan might cover a mix of listed and unlisted, but declining, species and their shared habitats. Concomitantly, this plan would accommodate development outside the areas set aside as preserves. Potentially, NCCPs can address the conservation requirements of unlisted species before they decline to a level requiring ESA protection. Preventative strategies will invariably in·var·i·a·ble
Not changing or subject to change; constant.
in·vari·a·bil provide more options for habitat protection than reactive measures that become necessary when species decline reaches a crisis level (Bosselman 1997).
The Services encourage NCCP-type plans for several reasons. They circumvent backlogs created through case-by-case decisions and help in avoiding economic "train wrecks" by involving landowners in long-term planning instead of last-ditch preservation efforts. Also, they allow for greater flexibility, promote coordinated planning, and reduce the regulatory burdens of ESA compliance for all affected participants (USFWS USFWS United States Fish and Wildlife Service and NMFS NMFS National Marine Fisheries Service
NMFS National Mortality Followback Survey
NMFS Network Multimedia File System
NMFS Nested Mount File System 1996; Welner 1995; Silver 1997).
These advantages help explain why the NCCP process was, in general, favorably received in southern California. For conservationists, comprehensive state planning based upon federal ESA standards has appeared to have the greatest potential in protecting the best remaining patches of coastal sage ecosystems. Developers valued the regulatory assurances stating that they would not be responsible for additional mitigation in the event a species covered by the plan subsequently becomes listed or declines. Local governments were pleased to retain autonomy over land use decisions in the face of federal listings and maintain the prerogative to strike the appropriate balance between development and open space in their communities. The state and federal wildlife agencies saw the NCCP process as a means to transcend the limitations of project-by-project mitigation. Although each stakeholder stakeholder n. a person having in his/her possession (holding) money or property in which he/she has no interest, right or title, awaiting the outcome of a dispute between two or more claimants to the money or property. perceived the benefits of participating in the NCCP process differently, enough mutual benefits and common ground were found to advance a politically difficult process (Silver 1997).
Lessons from California's early experimentation with NCCP can lead to an improved nationwide model (Silver 1997). First, the NCCP experiment revealed that the listing of endangered species played an essential role in bringing landowners to the negotiating table. Second, the direct involvement of local governments proved very valuable. Local land use laws can sometimes accomplish what state and federal agencies alone cannot achieve. Involvement in the NCCP process led to a "spill-over" of better planning in general as these efforts encouraged local governments to focus on the many benefits of natural open space preserves for their communities. Third, because local governments were directly involved and acted as the applicant in the NCCP process, it was much more accessible to the public than traditional HCPs for single property owners. Lastly, regulatory assurances were necessary to encourage involvement of landowners in the NCCP process.
The NCCP experiment also failed in ways that can be corrected in adapting this vehicle for use elsewhere (Silver 1997). Given the program's extraordinary complexity and its susceptibility to political and economic pressure, its scientific bases must be beyond debate. Yet, in the NCCP experiment, the initial scientific panel disbanded after a set of conservation guidelines were prepared, and the NCCP statute at that time made no provision for independent scientific consultation or review. Moreover, the failure to explicitly establish recovery as the standard to be achieved was a substantial deficiency. Also, zoning constraints or project authorizations issued by local government need to be reconciled with the conservation objectives and strategies pursued by the NCCP program. Finally, a secure source of funding for land acquisition and management is necessary to ensure the long-term success of these plans. Under normal circumstances, it is necessary to seek new funding sources, such as loan funds, funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund The United States' Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a Federal program that was established by Act of Congress in 1965. The Act designated that a portion of receipts from offshore oil and gas leases , or mitigation banks. Because the value of real estate may increase as a result of open space protections, a portion of the local property tax that corresponds to the marginal rise in adjacent real estate values could also serve as a funding source (NRDC NRDC Natural Resources Defense Council
NRDC National Research and Development Centre (Institute of Education, London)
NRDC National Realty & Development Corp. 1997).
Species recovery plans
Another potential vehicle for landscape scale planning could be the recovery plans that the Services are required to develop for listed species. Recovery plans can provide much needed scientific background on species and ecosystems that a landholding-specific HCP can utilize, such as information on species' habitat needs and effective restoration techniques. (Kareiva et al. 1999; USFWS and NMFS 1996).
There are several problems, however, with using recovery plans as a basis for HCP development. Recovery plans currently lag years behind the listing of a species. The Services have completed recovery plans for only 40% of listed species (Sher and Weiner 1997), and they are not authorized to disapprove a proposed HCP on the grounds of a missing recovery plan. The scientific quality of recovery plans has been criticized. For instance a study by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis is a research center for the science of ecology, located in Santa Barbara, California, USA. Better known by its acronym NCEAS (pronounced N-seece), it opened in May, 1995, funded by the US National Science Foundation, the (NCAES) (Kareiva et al. 1999) found that the availability of a recovery plan for a given species did not necessarily improve the scientific quality of HCPs for that species.
Recovery plans are not intended to be binding on or enforceable against the non-federal lands that are encompassed in a species' range. Efforts to make these plans binding or enforceable would be viewed in the political sphere Noun 1. political sphere - a sphere of intense political activity
arena, domain, sphere, orbit, area, field - a particular environment or walk of life; "his social sphere is limited"; "it was a closed area of employment"; "he's out of my orbit" as tantamount to expanding the scope of recovery plans to include land-use planning, which is historically a state' and local prerogative. Recovery plans have often inappropriately subordinated the biological objective to economic considerations. Economic analysis is important in distributing the conservation burdens among the public and private landowners, but it must not be allowed to dictate the biological requisites of the recovery plan. Finally, because recovery is a species-based concept, recovery plans do not necessarily address the health, processes, or functions of the ecosystem as a whole. There is no obvious reason, though, why recovery plans could not also be written as bioregional, multi-species conservation strategies. Indeed, such an approach would further the ESA's goals to preserve the ecosystems that support threatened and endangered species.
Programmatic conservation standards
A third potential vehicle for landscape-scale conservation planning is the promulgation PROMULGATION. The order given to cause a law to be executed, and to make it public it differs from publication. (q.v.) 1 Bl. Com. 45; Stat. 6 H. VI., c. 4.
2. of programmatic standards or guidelines for multi-species conservation by federal land and water managers. For example, the recent adoption by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of programmatic guidelines for logging on anadromous anadromous
said of fish; those living most of their lives in the sea but entering rivers to spawn. fish-bearing streams in the Pacific Northwest may be a useful .model in other situations. Such guidelines can apply standards for riparian riparian adj. referring to the banks of a river or stream. (See: riparian rights) buffers and acceptable sedimentation sedimentation
In geology, the process of deposition of a solid material from a state of suspension or solution in a fluid (usually air or water). Broadly defined it also includes deposits from glacial ice and materials collected under the effect of gravity alone, as in talus levels throughout watersheds Similarly, the President's Forest Plan provides a multi-layered approach intended for ecosystem-wide forest management.
Bioregional conservation planning demands a larger governmental role
Whatever the vehicle, it is clear that landscape scale habitat conservation planning will require either the Services, or state and local government units in the case of NCCP plans, to play a more proactive role in collecting the necessary biological information and developing conservation strategies that cover multiple parcels, both private and public. This new demand will entail a sharp departure from the Services' traditional roles and will require a substantial increase in both financial and professional resources.
The Services' role in HCP development has not been clearly defined. Congress, however, apparently expected them to do more than just exercise regulatory oversight by also providing technical assistance to applicants (USFWS and NMFS 1996). The HCP Handbook recommends active involvement from the Services during HCP development. Besides assisting in general HCP development, they are expected to direct mitigation measures; monitor protocols and reserve designs; provide a timely review of draft documents; and help find solutions to contentious issues (USFWS and NMFS 1996).
Notwithstanding these expectations, the Services simply do not have the resources to provide the degree of scientific and technical guidance that Congress intended (Kareiva et al. 1999). This lack of guidance often results in HCP applicants simply following precedents established in earlier HCPs. Consequently, HCPs that were developed before conservation biology conservation biology
The branch of biology that deals with the effects of humans on the environment and with the conservation of biological diversity. principles were properly applied have nonetheless set a de facto standard Hardware or software that is widely used, but not endorsed by a standards organization. Contrast with de jure standard.
de facto standard - A widespread consensus on a particular product or protocol which has not been ratified by any official standards body, such as ISO, of quality. (The issue of biologically defensible performance standards for HCPs will be addressed in a subsequent article in this series.)
Finally, the Federal government can play a more proactive role in landscape-scale planning by setting a higher conservation standard in land and water management. Following a landscape-scale approach to conservation, federal agencies that manage public lands and waters (and their commodity users) may shoulder a larger share of the conservation burden and may be held to a higher standard for protected species recovery. If private lands are managed according to the ESA's current or "jeopardy" standard, no margin of safety is left for vulnerable species. It is especially critical that federal natural resource managers undertake a "fair share" of the conservation burden in areas within a matrix of federal and private lands, such as the checkerboard checkerboard
the pattern of a chess or draft board; used in many circumstances to display the results of mixing a specific number of variables. The variables are listed in columns designated along the horizontal border and the same or different variables in lines along the vertical pattern of private and federal land found in many western states.
HCPs have provided a mechanism to resolve conflicts between endangered species and economic activities on non-federal land. In response to the growing number of plans, commentators have identified numerous shortcomings A shortcoming is a character flaw.
Shortcomings may also be:
Bioregional planning will promote economies of scale for pooling scientific resources; facilitate greater involvement by independent scientists and the interested public; and demand a larger role for local, state, and federal governments. The expanded planning scale allows bioregional plans to address realistically objectives of species recovery, meaningful adaptive management, and the conservation of ecological communities. Finally, bioregional planning can facilitate a more equitable distribution of responsibility for conservation among property owners, levels of government, and the general public.
Sincere thanks go to Jeff Opperman for his assistance on this piece.
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metaphorical decoration for deceived husband. [Western Folklore: Jobes, 395]
See : Cuckoldry . Air-filled hollow hairs of the outer coat provide great buoyancy when swimming. The hooves hooves
A plural of hoof.
a plural of hoof
hooves hoof are large and soft in the summer and hard and shrunken shrunk·en
A past participle of shrink.
a past participle of shrink
reduced in size
Adj. 1. in the winter for better traction in varied terrains. Diet consists mainly of tree lichens Lichens
Symbiotic associations of fungi (mycobionts) and photosynthetic partners (photobionts). These associations always result in a distinct morphological body termed a thallus that may adhere tightly to the substrate or be leafy, stalked, or hanging. , especially in the winter. Grasses and other available plants are consumed within the mature coniferous con·i·fer
Any of various mostly needle-leaved or scale-leaved, chiefly evergreen, cone-bearing gymnospermous trees or shrubs such as pines, spruces, and firs. forests of the Selkirk Mountains Selkirk Mountains, rugged range of the Rocky Mts., SE British Columbia, Canada, near the Alta. border and extending northwest c.200 mi (320 km) from the U.S. border. Mt. Sir Sanford (11,590 ft/3,533 m) is the highest peak. (northeast Washington, northern Idaho, and Canada). As habitat is being lost and fragmented, you can help save this endangered species by donating time or money to a nature conservation organization. [c] 1999 Rochelle Mason. www.rmasonfinearts.com. (877) 726-1544
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GAT - Generalized Algebraic Translator. Improved version of IT. On IBM 650 RAMAC.
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