Solving Problems in Endangered Species Conservation: An Introduction to Problem Orientation

Richard L. Wallace
Environmental Studies Program, Ursinus College, P.O. Box 1000, Collegeville, PA 19426

Tim W. Clark
Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 301 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511 and Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative, Box 2705, Jackson, WY 83001

Addressing endangered species problems successfully is a complex task that involves knowledge of
the problem itself and its context. Problem-solving decisions and on-the-ground management are
complicated and affected by numerous considerations. We illustrate complexities of problem solving
in endangered species programs, using the Florida manatee recovery program as an example,
and describe a practical approach for orienting to conservation problems that can help decision
makers, other professionals, and interested people to better understand and develop recovery alternatives
that are in the best interests of endangered species conservation.