Endangered species management: The US experience

David S. Wilcove, Peter Vaughan

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In this chapter, David Wilcove focuses on endangered species management, emphasizing the United States of America (US) experience. Endangered species conservation has three phases: identification, protection, and recovery. Protection can be directed toward species, subspecies, or populations. There are important economic and ecological trade-offs associated with protecting subspecies and populations. Consistent, quantitative criteria for determining the status of species have been developed by the IUCN. Protection of endangered species requires accurate knowledge of the threats to those species, the location of existing populations, and land ownership patterns. Recovery of many endangered species will require continual, active management of the habitat or continual efforts to control populations of alien species. Incentives may be needed to entice people to participate in recovery programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConservation Biology for All
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191720666
ISBN (Print)9780199554232
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


  • Ecological trade-offs
  • Endangered species
  • Management
  • Protection
  • Recovery


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