County governments have partnered with federal and state agencies, tribal governments, non-profits and private landowners to pursue innovative solutions for species conservation, leading to improved outcomes on the ground. Voluntary conservation efforts create buy-in from all impacted parties, more effectively establishing the Endangered Species Act within communities. In Saving Species on Private Lands: Unlocking Incentives to Conserve Wildlife and Their Habitats, Lowell Baier uses real-world examples of voluntary conservation programs that benefit species and landscapes without jeopardizing landowners’ needs. This book serves as an important guide for better implementation of the Endangered Species Act.
Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties