A perspective on amphibian conservation in the United States

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Abstract

In the United States of America, the connection between science and policy can be thin, tenuous and capricious. Despite the fact that some of the best work in conservation biology in this country has involved amphibians, with several notable exceptions (particularly in California, but also scattered elsewhere), this science has not been translated into widespread, on the ground, amphibian conservation initiatives. That is, by themselves, across most of the United States, amphibians have not yet shown they carry the economic or emotional clout to save amphibians. One way out of this dilemma is to work from the broader perspective of amphibians as critical components of important ecosystems. To do this, amphibian conservation biologists should continue their essential work centered on amphibians, but also consider increasing efforts to join forces with other groups holding shared interests. Many candidate cooperative groups are oriented around game and fish, which are commercially important and have been able to weather the policies of both sides in the current malevolent bipolar political climate in this country. Game- and fish-oriented allies would offer hope for amphibians in all areas of the country, and in all political climates, not just those favoring environmental interests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-144
Number of pages12
JournalAlytes
Volume29
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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