Factors Influencing Individual Management Preferences for Facilitating Adaptation to Climate Change Within the National Wildlife Refuge System

Short Description

National Wildlife Refuge System policies reference both historical condition and current naturalness. These concepts may not be as appropriate as they once were before rapid climate change. Within the refuge system, each refuge decides whether management actions to maintain historical condition (retrospective) or actions to promote and enhance future condition (prospective) are appropriate. With the goal of exploring factors that influence management preference, we surveyed 203 refuge system managers and biologists about management strategies to facilitate adaptation to climate change. The findings are that a majority of refuge managers believe climate change is already affecting their management strategies, and most are inclined to approach management policy with preference for historical condition (restrospective). It is suggested that explicitly addressing conservation values as they pertain to climate change would help build consensus in coordinating management across the refuge system for conceptualizing climate change influence now and further into the future.  

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Related Partners

The Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to manage and monitor the conservation of wildlife habitats throughout the United States. This includes the direct management of the National Wildlife Refuge System for the wellfare of all American people, and using social science in the decision making process and utilization of management plans.

Suggested Citation

Magness, D. R., Lovecraft, A. L. and Morton, J. M. (2012), Factors influencing individual management preferences for facilitating adaptation to climate change within the National Wildlife Refuge System. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 36: 457–468. doi: 10.1002/wsb.156