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Wildlife Conservation Society

In the Pacific West region, (Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska) WCS' goal is to save wildlife and wild lands through conservation of natural ecosystem processes needed to sustain healthy wildlife populations, with special emphasis on large, diverse ecosystems unique to the Pacific West.
Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10460-1099
Phone: (718) 220-6891

WCS Mission

WCS supports successful conservation action across the Pacific West by monitoring the response of wildlife to landscape restoration efforts and sharing lessons learned through outreach, capacity building, policy development and strategic partnerships. Working collaboratively with federal, state, and private partners our studies and conservation activities range from the southern Sierras of California to northern Arctic Alaska.

WCS Pacific West Activities

Fire, Wildlife and Forest Management
WCS is collaborating with federal agencies, universities, and local land managers to evaluate the efficacy of fuel reduction treatments and prescribed fire on the restoration of fire-dependent forest systems, particularly ponderosa pine forests.  In Oregon and California, we are evaluating the influence of these treatments on wildlife in an effort to better inform forest management.

Green Sturgeon Conservation in Oregon
Since 2000, WCS has been designing projects, developing methods, and collaborating with State, Federal, and University researchers to uncover information needed to manage and conserve green sturgeon.  Our work is centered in the Rogue River, Oregon, one of only three rivers used for spawning by this species.  The primary goal of this project is to develop and promote effective management strategies that will protect green sturgeon in the Pacific Northwest. The innovative research techniques that have been developed to study this species could have broader implications for the effective survey and monitoring of other anadromous species, including salmon.

Changing Landscapes For Alaska’s Arctic Wildlife
In partnership with the federal government, oil companies, and other NGOs, WCS is examining the connection between oil infrastructure, the noted increases in nest predators (arctic fox, ravens, and gulls), and the effect on nesting bird populations. The results of these activities will help inform land management and policy priorities, with the overarching goal of helping to conserve wildlife and wild lands in this time of growing development and shifting climates in Arctic Alaska.

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