Conservation Action Plans Keep Rare Species from Becoming Endangered

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Conservation Action Plans Keep Rare Species from Becoming Endangered

The Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy is protecting at-risk species. We’re bringing together the best science and thinking on species conservation, coalescing the efforts across a geographic region, and then dispersing that information to the ground managers in the form of Conservation Action Plans (CAPs).

Spotted Turtle © Ab Abercrombie

CAPs are educational tools that document specific tactics and best practices that land managers can reference to protect the rare species on their lands. By compiling the information in one spot, we’re able to present them with a clear, actionable document that will help them protect these at-risk species of amphibians and reptiles from becoming nationally Threatened or Endangered.

Like many of the projects that we work on, our role is to be the catalyst, the cat herder, and ultimately the mail carrier.

  1. We get the work started, organizing all of the individual contributors so we’re not duplicating efforts and making sure we’re being strategic in our areas of focus.
  2. Then, we keep the ball rolling; making sure everyone stays on track.
  3. Finally, we distribute the gifts of CAPs to the land managers throughout the region.

There are so many species, habitats, and conservation efforts to focus on, but ARC is doing what we do best by coordinating several different stakeholders and then dispersing the information to the people on the ground who can make tangible changes to the way they manage their lands. Conservation Action Plans are just one of the many ways that we do this.

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