Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Recovery Program: Endangered and Threatened Species, 1994
Ecosystem Approach to Recovery
Recognizing that listed species that share common geographic locations may face similar threats, the Service investigates opportunities to combine conservation strategies for several listed, proposed, and candidate species into one recovery plan. A "multi-species" or "ecosystem" approach can improve the rate, fiscal efficiency, and effectiveness of recovery actions for listed species, and may eliminate the need to list candidate species. Examples of recovery plans that address multiple listed species' recovery needs include:
Taking ecosystem integrity into consideration when planning prelisting, listing, and recovery activities is of utmost importance in conserving biological diversity.
- Maui-Molokai Forest Birds Planó7 birds in Hawaii;
- Ash Meadows Recovery Plan-4 fishes, 1 insect, and 7 plants on the border of Nevada and California;
- California Channel Island Species Planó4 plants, 2 birds, and 1 reptile in California;
- Pine-rockland Ecosystem Planó5 plants in south Florida; and
- San Marcos River Ecosystem Planó2 fishes, 1 amphibian, and 1 plant in Texas.
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