The only hope for successful conservation of America's threatened, endangered, and at-risk wildlife is through voluntary, cooperative partnerships that focus on private land, where over 75% of at-risk species can be found. Private landowners form the bedrock of these partnerships, and they have a long history of rising to meet the challenge of conservation. But they can't do it alone. This book is a guide for private landowners who want to conserve wildlife. Whether engaged in farming, ranching, forestry, mining, energy development, or another business, private working lands all have value as wildlife habitat, with the proper management and financial support. This book provides landowners and their partners with a roadmap to achieve conservation compatible with their financial and personal goals. This book introduces the art and language of land management planning as well as regulatory compliance with laws such as the Endangered Species Act of 1973. It categorizes and explains the tools used by wildlife professionals to implement conservation on private lands. Moreover it documents the multitude of federal, state, local, and private opportunities for landowners to find financial and technical assistance in managing wildlife, from working with a local NGO to accessing the $6 billion per year available through the federal Farm Bill.
Lowell E. Baier is an attorney and a legal and environmental historian and author. Baier holds a B.A. from Valparaiso University, a J.D. from Indiana University and has received two honorary doctorates. He's worked in Washington, D.C. throughout his 50 year career as a tireless advocate for natural resources and wildlife conservation. Throughout his career, he has observed and documented wildlife and its habitats on extensive treks and expeditions in the mountains and wilderness regions across the North American Continent, the Pamirs and Caucasus of Russia, and Mongolia's Gobi Desert and Altai Mountains, providing him with first hand observations of wildlife and man's interactions across the globe. He was recognized as the Conservationist of the Year by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in 2008, and again in 2010 and 2013 by two different national organizations.
This straightforward handbook will rally the ecological power of private landowners. By clarifying multiple confusing laws, amendments, and regulations, it spreads a map for landowners and advocates to travel together.--Dirk Kempthorne, former Secretary of Interior Saving Species on Private Lands is a timely and valuable resource for landowners willing to engage in the greatest conservation effort of all time. Lowell Baier demystifies voluntary conservation and helps landowners use proven tools to make smart decisions leading to real conservation. His vision of the natural harmony that can exist between people and wildlife on working lands will inspire and empower the rising generation of conservation leaders.--Dave Tenny, President & CEO, National Alliance of Forest Owners Private land and landowners are critical to healthy wildlife populations. Partnerships between landowners and other wildlife conservationists are key to conserving declining wildlife species, and necessary to ensure working landscapes remain productive for human communities as well. This book explains programs and approaches to partnership-driven voluntary conservation on private lands and is a valuable resource for landowners and others who want to learn more about wildlife conservation opportunities on private land.--Steve Jester, Executive Director, Partners for Conservation Private landowners play a critical role for species and habitat conservation. Saving Species on Private Lands documents decades of work with the private sector and illustrates how wildlife conservation can integrate with operations - from forestry and energy development to farming and ranching - on private lands.--Edward B. Arnett, Chief Scientist, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Saving Species on Private Lands is a very important book for conservation in America for the twenty-first century. For over 45 years, since its passage by Congress in 1973, the Endangered Species Act has been primarily the province of federal and state wildlife agencies for implementation of conservation strategies. As a result not much progress has been made on species recovery. This is not surprising since 80% of endangered species habitat nationwide is on private lands, and public agencies have largely ignored private land owners for decades. Progress on species recovery will only be made by encouraging the stewardship by private land owners on a scalable basis. This core constituency of 13 million Americans is the key to species recovery in America. Saving Species on Private Lands is a major contribution to breaking through this barrier to engage and encourage private land owners to participate in species recovery. I encourage any landowner hosting endangered species or having species in their vicinity of their properties to read this important book. It will advance the conservation cause in America more than any and all environmental advocacies.--Amos S. Eno, President and Founder, Land Conservation Assistance Network, Executive Director, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (1991-1999) Saving Species on Private Lands takes on the complex issues of how landowners can conserve wildlife, access public and private support for doing so, and avoid regulation under the Endangered Species Act. This practical, well organized book is a valuable resource for landowners, partner organizations, government officials, students, and policymakers alike.--Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture (2009-2017) Home builders and developers face daunting Endangered Species Act rules and regulations. Lowell Baier's book demystifies the ESA and provides a well-structured guide for private landowners who want to enjoy their property rights while making a difference through wildlife conservation.--Greg Ugalde, 2019 Chairman of the Board, National Association of Home Builders This book takes on the complex issues of how landowners can conserve wildlife, access public and private support for doing so, and avoid regulation under the Endangered Species Act. This practical, well organized book is a valuable resource for landowners, partner organizations, government officials, students, and policymakers alike.--Timothy C. Brady, President, Boone and Crockett Club
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