The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Offers a Vision for a Healthy Gulf of Mexico Watershed
VisionDocument.pdf1.98 MB = Restoring the Gulf of Mexico by the US Fish & Wildlife Service
Restoring the Gulf of Mexico following years of degradation and in the wake of the nation’s largest oil spill will require a large-scale, long-term, multi-partner effort.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its Vision for a Healthy Gulf of Mexico Watershed, intended to catalyze conversation across borders with many state, federal, non-governmental and private partners to help focus our collective restoration efforts.
The Service’s Vision is predicated on three principles:
“Restoring the Gulf of Mexico is not just a Gulf challenge,” said Director Dan Ashe. “It is a challenge for our nation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service envisions a national solution.”
The Vision identifies eight science-based conservation strategies (or how we want to work with our partners) and 16 conservation focal areas (or where we want to work first with our partners). The Service’s goal is to find common priorities to more easily facilitate collaboration with our partners. The Service has already begun sharing the Vision with our partners and stakeholders in the Gulf of Mexico watershed. A follow-up document, due out later this year, will offer more details and specific project recommendations with partner input.
Examples of high priority conservation actions identified in the Vision are:
Few of the recommended actions can be accomplished by one partner acting alone. They are non-regulatory, voluntary actions intended to maximize conservation efforts.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov/southeast. Connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usfwssoutheast, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwssoutheast, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws, and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwssoutheast.
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House Committee on Natural Resources
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