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Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB #3140, New East Building, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA

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Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB #3275, 3301 Venable Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA





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Abstract The US Fish and Wildlife Service will make an Endangered Species Act listing decision for the lesser prairie chicken Tympanuchus pallidicinctus; -LPC- in March 2014. Based on the findings of a single, Uzbek antelope study, conservation plans put forth for the LPC propose to modify and re-position habitat in the landscape through a series of temporary preservation-restoration efforts. We argue that for certain species, including the LPC, dynamic habitat offsets represent a dangerous re-interpretation of habitat provision and recovery programs, which have nearly-universally viewed ecosystem offsets habitat, wetlands, streams, etc. as -stocks- that accumulate characteristics over time. Any effort to create a program of temporary, moving habitat offsets must consider species’ 1 life history characteristics, 2 behavioral tendencies e.g., avoidance of impacted areas, nesting-breeding site fidelity, and 3 habitat restoration characteristics, including long temporal lags in reoccupation. If misapplied, species recovery programs using temporary, moving habitat risk further population declines. View Full-Text

Keywords: endangered species; habitat offsets; environmental markets; dynamic habitat endangered species; habitat offsets; environmental markets; dynamic habitat





Autor: Todd K. BenDor 1,* and Sierra Woodruff 2

Fuente: http://mdpi.com/



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