A Big Deal for Conservation
A group of conservationists, former bankers, and management consultants have imported ideas from Wall Street to create a new way to protect large ecosystems—an approach that may work for other large-scale social projects as well.
Removing Barriers to Restoration
Secretary Nichols asked the Task Force to examine four of the most common barriers— the regulatory review process, public funding bottlenecks, personal liability issues, and endangered species/private property issues. The Task Force discussed these barriers from both the landowners’ and the regulators’ points of view, reviewed existing efforts to resolve them, and brainstormed other possible solutions to create incentives and motivate people to do this important conservation work, or perhaps more importantly, to remove the disincentives and barriers for those who already have the desire. The Task Force recommends ten different actions that could reduce these barriers and encourage restoration activities.