Conservation

Chair

Members

  • A. H. Ali
  • B. S. Arbogast
  • C. Aylward
  • E. Baerwald
  • P. Barboza
  • E. Beever
  • B. Bergstrom 
  • G. Ceballos
  • K. Counsell
  • N. Dawson
  • N. de la Sancha
  • A. D. Davidson 
  • M.A. Dyck
  • A. W. Ferguson
  • A. T. Ford
  • M. Gantchoff
  • B.J. Gaston
  • A. J. Giordano
  • J. González-Maya
  • A. M. Hodge
  • R. L. Honeycutt
  • M. Hughes
  • D. M. Kaufman
  • A. Krevitz
  • J. Koprowski
  • J. Malaney
  • R. A. Medellin
  • R. A. Ojeda
  • L. A. Randa
  • M. H. Schadler
  • S. R. Sheffield
  • K. Smith
  • W. Smith
  • J. Stuhler
  • M.E. Tewes
  • N. Upham
  • E. Wilson

History and Mission

The Conservation Committee was first established by the Board of Directors in 1927 as the Conservation of Land Mammals Committee, and is one of the oldest and consistently most active committees in the Society. The Committee functions to fulfill the Society's responsibilities to promote the conservation and welfare of natural populations of land mammals. The committee's name was shortened to Conservation Committee following the 2002 Annual Meeting.

Responsibilities

The committee is subdivided into seven subcommittees that are responsible for position letters, resolutions, conservation education, coordination with other societies, international conservation issues, special projects, and mammalian conservation news.
 

ACTION SUBCOMMITTEES

Resolutions

(1) Keep updated on mammalian conservation issues that require action in the form of a resolution (for less time sensitive issues); write resolutions with cover letters and list of recipients if warranted.

Position Letters

(1) Keep updated on mammalian conservation issues that require action in the form of a position letter (for more time sensitive issues); write position letters with list of recipients if warranted.

OTHER SUBCOMMITTEES

Education

  1. Grassland Education program
    • Work with Defenders of Wildlife and US Fish and Wildlife Service to:
    • finalize the format of the Grassland Education program (CD-ROM, video)
    • get copies of program made (start off with 500 copies)
    • distribute it to any and all teachers that can use it
  2. Why large carnivorous mammals are valuable brochure (new project)

Coordination with other Societies/Committees

  1. Keep in communication with other related ASM committees (Legislation and Regulation, Resolutions, Education and Graduate Students, Public Education)
  2. Keep in communication with other scientific societies that share common interests; this may include sending them copies of our actions (resolutions, position letters), copies of our annual committee report, contacting other societies for joint activities (i.e., letter writing), etc.

International Conservation Issues

  1. Keep current with mammalian conservation issues internationally; advise ASM membership on these issues (through ASM website)
  2. Major issue this year - upcoming CITES meeting - 10-20 April 2000 in Gigiri, Kenya

Mammalian Conservation News

  1. Compile news and updates on mammalian conservation issues; advise ASM membership on these issues (through ASM website)

Special Projects

  1. Complete North American Mammalian Monitoring project
  2. Plan for a Large Mammal Conservation Symposium for the Missoula, MT meeting in 2001; submit a proposal to the ASM Program Committee by April 2000

ASM Conservation Award

  1. Decide upon whether or not to give out a conservation award on behalf of the ASM, and, if so, exactly how to do it and submit proposal to ASM Board