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September 29, 2010

Fish & Wildlife Final Climate Strategy Released

Filed under: environmental law — Tags: — uhlawlibrary @ 8:00 am

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s genesis was the Federal response in 1871 to the collapse in the nation’s food fishes from overharvesting.  Its mandate was to find ways to reverse that decline. By the early 1900s, the decimation of migratory birds for their plumes prompted the development of a national system of lands and waters set aside as refuges for wildlife.  By the mid-1960s, the loss and threat of loss of species of fish and wildlife grew the Service’s mission to also include conservation and recovery of threatened and endangered species.

A new strategic plan has been released by the Service in response to accelerating climate change.  The plan hinges on three concepts:  adaptation, mitigation and engagement.

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