The New Mexico Candidate Conservation Agreement (CCA) and CCA with Assurances (together, CCA/As), which have strong avoidance requirements, result in a rapid decline of new well approvals in dunes sagebrush lizard habitat after their adoption in 2008.

Implementation

The New Mexico Candidate Conservation Agreement (CCA) and CCA with Assurances (together, CCA/As), which have strong avoidance requirements, result in a rapid decline of new well approvals in dunes sagebrush lizard habitat after their adoption in 2008.

Implementation

Conservation only happens when laws, policies, and planning are actually carried out.

After the planning stage, we set to work carrying out the actions wildlife need completed for conservation to work. That may be as broad as implementing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) or as focused as building a fence to keep cattle from trampling habitat for Chiricahua leopard frogs.

In the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders of Wildlife, we work at the intersection of science, technology, and policy to improve how conservation is implemented. For example, we conducted the first-ever analysis of ESA consultation data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which showed the reality of implementing the law is very different from myths about it.


Publications

CCI provides mapping support throughout Defenders for informational handouts, such as this boat disposal site handout. The handout …

Defenders of Wildlife maintains the Electric Fence Incentive Program in the Rockies and Plains region (read more here). Through this …

Background: The dunes sagebrush lizard (Sceloporus arenicolus) is an imperiled species that is restricted to shinnery oak (Quercus …