TWS Caesar Kleberg Keynote: Behind the Gates: Importance of Private Lands to Wildlife Conservation (hosted by TWS)

TWS Keynote
ROOM: RSCC, Hall 5
Private lands are 60% of the United States and are increasingly recognized as important for wildlife conservation. Settlement patterns often resulted in the most fertile and productive lands being privately owned. Eighty percent of endangered species in the United States have at least part of their distribution on private land. Large and mobile animals may use areas larger than typical reserve sizes, making private land important for conservation of such wide-ranging species. This session describes wildlife and habitat conservation projects that have been successful because private land and private landowners were explicitly included. The session also highlights how the economic interests of private landowners can be channeled to support wildlife conservation. Attendees will come away with ideas on how to harness the passion of private landowners to meet wildlife conservation goals.


Forrest Smith
Director, Texas Native Seeds Program
The Texas Native Seeds Program (TNS) is a native seed development and habitat restoration program of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. Forrest has worked on native plant restoration initiatives at CKWRI for the last 18 years, and currently leads the statewide TNS effort comprised of six regional projects. TNS and its predecessor, the South Texas Natives Project, have developed and commercialized over 40 native seed products in cooperation with landowners, industry, agencies, and NGOs resulting in many thousands of acres of native wildlife habitat restoration in Texas over the past 2 decades. Much of the success of TNS is a result of the engagement, support, and participation of private landowners in the program.

David Shindle
Panther Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Shindle has over 25 years of professional research and management experience involving imperiled cat populations that depend on habitat provided by private lands for their long-term persistence. Shindle, a native Texan, has worked as a Florida panther biologist (State, Federal, and NGO) since 1998, first trailing pumas as the panther capture team leader for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Shindle currently serves as the Panther Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, leading recovery efforts for this federally-listed large carnivore that require collaborative partnerships with private landowners. Prior to his translocation to Florida, Shindle conducted ocelot research for the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Shindle is a Certified Wildlife Biologist® and member of the IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group.

Terry L. Anderson
Anderson is the John and Jean DeNault Senior Fellow the Hoover Institution, Stanford University; past president of the Property and Environment Research Center, Bozeman, MT; and Professor Emeritus at Montana State University. Much of his career has focused on developing the idea of Free Market Environmentalism, the title of his award-winning, co-authored book (3rd edition), outlining how markets and property rights can solve environmental problems. His talk, Rethinking the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, will focus on rethinking the role of hunting markets in wildlife conservation. By understanding and focusing on the wildlife value chain including the demand for hunting and the supply of habitat, wildlife professionals can harness, rather than shun, market incentives as a tool for conservation.


TWS Keynote
Location: Reno-Sparks CC Date: October 2, 2019 Time: 10:10 am - 11:50 am