Short List, 2021 The Wildlife Society Annual Publication Award (One of five books so recognized)

Winner, 2021 New York City Big Book Award in the Nature category

Winner, 2021 Eric Hoffer Book Award in the Business category

Winner, 2021 Independent Press Book Award in the Green/Conservation category

Winner, 2020 Next Generation INDIE Book Awards, Best Non-Fiction E-book

Short List, 2021 Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize

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Finalist, 2020 Next Generation INDIE Book Awards in the Nature/Environment category

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Saving Species on Private Lands: Unlocking Incentives to Conserve Wildlife and Their Habitats

By Lowell E. Baier with Christopher E. Segal | Mar 10, 2020

Are you looking to conserve wildlife and fish on your private property? If so, Saving Species on Private Lands provides you with a roadmap to achieve conservation that is compatible with your financial and personal goals.

Who needs Saving Species on Private Lands? This book is for anyone interested in private land conservation, specifically species conservation and habitat conservation. Whether involved in farming, ranching, forestry, mining, energy development, or other businesses, this book is for you as it showcases the conservation legacy and potential of America’s private lands. It provides a comprehensive look at the laws and regulations associated with wildlife conservation, and gives readers instruction and tools on how to best utilize conservation incentives, laws and policies to mutual advantage. The book:

  • Explains wildlife conservation on private lands.
  • Demonstrates how to develop land management and habitat conservation plans for wildlife.
  • Deciphers the Endangered Species Act and how private landowners can address it.
  • Explains tools used by wildlife professionals to implement conservation on private lands.
  • Documents federal, state, local, and private opportunities for financial and technical assistance in wildlife protection and management.
  • The farmer, rancher and other working private landowners with dirt under their fingernails are closer to wildlife than anyone else in America. They know what species of wildlife they have on their land, their habitats, what they eat, what their breeding and life cycles are, their migratory patterns, and the population living on their land. These are the frontline stewards of wildlife conservation, but too few listen to them or ask if they can answer their questions, provide useful information, or help in any way. Based on more than 100 interviews across America, this book is the private landowners’ reference guide for their desk or pickup truck that addresses their spectrum of questions.

The best hope for successful conservation of America’s threatened, endangered, and at-risk wildlife is through voluntary, cooperative partnerships that focus on private property, where more than 75 percent 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.

This book is a guide for private landowners who want to conserve wildlife. Regardless of how used, 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.

The 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 nearly $6 billion per year available through the federal Farm Bill.


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.  As a guide to new progress, Lowell Baier’s Saving Species on Private Lands is a welcome hope.

Dirk A. Kempthorne
Secretary of Interior (2006-2009)
Governor of Idaho (1999-2006)
U.S. Senator (1993-1999)


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.

Thomas J. Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture (2009-2017)
Governor of Iowa (1999-2007)


This book demystified the Endangered Species Act, explains how it affects private land, and provides landowners with the knowledge they need to navigate it and thrive.

Frank H. Murkowski
Governor of Alaska (2002-2006)
U.S. Senator (1980-2002)


 Ranchers are perhaps our most important resource for the conservation of wildlife. Saving Species on Private Landsarms these conservationists with critical information to aid them in securing the technical assistance, regulatory assurances, and financial incentives necessary to navigate the Endangered Species Act. These tools can help ranchers continue to provide the large unbroken landscapes needed for healthy wildlife populations. 

Ethan L. Lane
Vice President, Government Affairs
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Executive Director, Public Lands Council (2015-2019)


Home builders and developers face daunting ESA rules and regulations. Lowell Baier’s book demystifies the Endangered Species Act 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


Today, a new conservation paradigm is sweeping across America. Federal, state, local government agencies, foundations, non-profits, and willing landowners are joining together to find win-win solutions that keep working lands productive and American workers employed while conserving more of our habitat and wildlife than ever before. This book explains how and why they work, and how they can be put to work by landowners across the nation.  I recommend this as a must read for private landowners desiring to successfully navigate the ESA!

George Emmerson
Sierra Pacific Industries


Wildlife conservation in America is at a crossroads. Will we continue to lose wildlife, or will we roll up our sleeves and work together to save it? In this powerful book, Lowell Baier explains how private landowners can secure a portfolio of incentives to conserve wildlife on their property, while navigating the ESA and related laws and regulations.

Marc C. Mondavi

Mondavi & Family/Charles Krug Winery


This book is an important resource to those who want to protect birds and the places they need while also managing their land without sacrificing profits. Ranchers, farmers, and even people who just have a large piece of property will find something in here, like how to tap into government incentives, find conservation partners, or navigate compliance with federal laws like the Endangered Species Act. A great new tool for all landowners.

David O’Neill
Chief Conservation Officer
National Audubon Society


Private lands hold the key to the future of wildlife conservation, with two thirds of all threatened and endangered species living on privately owned lands.  This book shows that private landowners are true champions of wildlife conservation and provides much needed information to help them understand the ESA and better engage in effective species conservation work on the ground.  This book fills a tremendous need for private landowners.

Nick Wiley
Chief Operating Officer
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.


America’s private lands represent the future for wildlife conservation.  Healthy agricultural landscapes conserve wildlife by focusing on habitats they depend upon while benefitting all of society through environmental services.  Saving Species on Private Lands: Unlocking Incentives to Conserve Wildlife and Their Habitats will serve as a keystone resource for farmers, ranchers, and all landowners interested in wildlife conservation, at-risk and endangered species, and healthy sustainable landscapes for future generations.

Howard K. Vincent
President and CEO
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever


Aldo Leopold wrote, in the 1930 American Game Policy, that we must recognize the landowner as the custodian of wildlife, and that only the landowner can practice management efficiently.  Yet, in spite of broad acceptance of this principle, there has not been a comprehensive guide as to how landowners can become wildlife stewards and use their lands for personal enjoyment and profit at the same time.  The need for such guidance has become critical, with expanding legions of at-risk wildlife species, most of which are on private lands.  Lowell Baier, one of the most respected conservationists in the Nation, has stepped forward once again to take a pressing issue head-on.  He has produced a remarkable book that should be read by all in the conservation institution, from academics to wildlife managers, industrialists to the small landholder.  This splendidly written, exhaustively referenced work, is the most thorough and clear treatment of the 1973 Endangered Species Act as it relates to private lands I have read, and his comprehensive guidance on programs and tools available to landowners should contribute most significantly in efforts to incentivize private lands conservation.

John F. Organ, Ph.D., CWB
Chief Emeritus, U.S. Geological Survey
Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units
Former Chief, Northeast Region USFWS Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program
Past President, Fellow, and Honorary Member, The Wildlife Society
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst  and Michigan State University


At a time when more than one-third of all U.S. species are at heightened risk of extinction, incentivizing habitat restoration on private lands has never been more important. That’s easy to say, but incredibly hard to do. Thankfully, Lowell Baier has charted a clear path forward that will unleash the collaborative conservation desperately needed to recover the full diversity of fish, wildlife, and plants for future generations.

Collin O’Mara
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Wildlife Federation
Secretary of Natural Resources and Environmental Control for Delaware (2009-2014) 


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