Policy

Novel data show expert wildlife agencies are important to endangered species protection

To protect biodiversity, conservation laws should be evaluated and improved using data. We provide a comprehensive assessment of how a key provision of the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) is implemented: consultation to ensure federal actions do …

Potential Impacts of Proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Facilities On Ocelot Recovery in Texas

This report was produced by Defenders of Wildlife, with the support of CCI, to detail the effects three proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in the Brownsville Ship Channel would have on the future of ocelot recovery in the United States. …

Missing, delayed, and old: The status of ESA recovery plans

Recovery planning is an essential part of implementing the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA), but conservationists and government agencies recognize challenges with the current planning process. Using data from all U.S. domestic and transboundary …

Win-Win: The Endangered Species Act and Our National Parks

This report, produced in collaboration between Defenders of Wildlife and National Parks Conservation Association, demonstrates how national parks and the ESA support each other - a win-win for parks and wildlife.

Desert Tortoise Report

CCI has helped support spatial analyses and mapping to protect desert tortoises, a project led by the Renewable Energy program in Landscape Conservation.

Nature divided, scientists united: US-Mexico border wall threatens biodiversity and binational conservation

Fences and walls erected along international boundaries in the name of national security have unintended but significant consequences for biodiversity (Trouwborst et al. 2016). In North America, along the 3,200 kilometer U.S.-Mexico border, fence and …

The Texas Conservation Plan has not slowed oil and gas well development in dunes sagebrush lizard habitat

**Background:** The dunes sagebrush lizard (Sceloporus arenicolus) is an imperiled species that is restricted to shinnery oak (Quercus havardii) sand dune habitats in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas, USA. This region is also a hotspot of oil …

Dunes Sagebrush Lizard: The Cautionary Tale of a Candidate Species Denied

This white paper explains the problems with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's recent decision to not list the dunes sagebrush lizard and recommends improvements to Service regulations and procedures to address these problems. Our recommendations …