Recap from the 1st course in this series: the species status assessments (SSAs) really changed the way the Service takes on the listing process. In particular Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) listing actions separate the listing decision‑making process from the biological assessment process. In the past, those things were all intertwined and it was really difficult for federal staff to engage people outside the Service to help inform or improve some of the scientific review. Species Status Assessment process tries to separate those things and allow more expertise to engage in the particulars about a species. It's intended to modify the way we do biological assessments that inform endangered species decisions and primarily coming out as listing, but we are using it for all aspects of the endangers species work. Building upon the understanding of the Species Status Assessment (SSA) Framework, this "Pre-listing Conservation" course focuses on policy and policy-implementation considerations.
A short course, it will focus mostly on this listing and pre‑listing conservation process. We use the term “pre‑listing conservation” interchangeable with our at‑risk species work. Two terms for essentially the same thing. The focus is to consider species that are not yet listed but we examine if we might change the trajectory of a listing determination through some targeted and well thought out conservation. This describes a generalized workflow model that we have for working through at‑risk species conservation planning and collaborative conservation work in the field.