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Conservation Design and Stewardship Guidelines

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Conservation Development Working Group convened a workshop of leading biological scientists and land-use planners to generate science-based recommendations for how residential design, construction, and stewardship could be improved to protect wildlife habitats on private lands in the United States. We collaboratively identified six themes for which to recommend guidelines, compiled scientific evidence for our recommendations, and identified resources to support implementation of guidelines for:

  • Biological consultation
  • Ecological site analysis
  • Clustering
  • Open space
  • Sustainable construction
  • Stewardship and education

We aim for the resulting report to be a resource for land-use planners who need ecological guidance for achieving conservation in residential developments, and also to encourage biological scientists to contribute their knowledge to land-use planning and policy processes.

We are currently updating the report to encompass the land-use governance and ecological contexts of Canada, so that it will be an additional resource for Canadian land-use planners. 

In the meantime, you may download a current draft of the Conservation Design and Stewardship Guidelines report here.