Conservation in the Face of a Changing Energy Development Landscape

Energy development in the United States continues to evolve as our nation’s energy policies are being shaped by a variety of economic, political, and societal pressures. Energy sources are becoming more and more diversified, but the impacts of new energy generation technologies on wildlife and the environment are not well understood. Although the United States has benefited from meeting more of its energy demand from within its boundaries, wildlife and natural resource management agencies are seeking best practices for conservation as energy developers deploy their technologies.

This special session will provide insights on how management agencies can work with energy developers, utilities, and other state regulators and the federal government to help inform energy development. 

Presentations will include an overview of new technologies and the environmental uncertainties associated with them; case studies of agency/developer engagement; science-based tools to guide conservation planning and management; perspectives from industry on partnering and engagement; and suggested best practices.