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The West Coast Crane Working Group :



bulletpromotes science-based research on crane conservation and management
bulletfosters better understanding and appreciation of cranes and their habitat among the general public and
bulletaddresses conservation issues affecting cranes and their wetland habitats. 

The Working Group accomplishes these goals through research, education, and advocacy.

Endangered species protection policy illustrates a class of contentious, socially ranking issues that are becoming increasingly common in the western United States as demands increase for limited ecological resources. These issues share a number of general characteristics:

bulletComplexity -- there is an almost unlimited set of options and trade-offs to present to officials and the public;
bulletPolarization -- these issues tend to be extremely divisive because they represent a clash between competing values;
bulletWinners and losers -- some individuals and groups will benefit from each choice, while others will be damaged, and these trade-offs are well-known;
bulletDelayed consequences -- there is no immediate "fix," and the benefits, if any, of painful decisions will be evident for many years, if not decades;
bulletDecision distortion -- these are not the kinds of policy problems that democratic institutions address smoothly because it is very easy for advocates to appeal to strongly held values; and
bulletAmbiguous role for science -- scientific information is important but usually not pivotal in the choice of an option because the choice is inherently driven by value (political ) judgments. 

Further constraining the role of scientific information is widespread public skepticism over its truth. Much of it is tendered by government agencies, industries, and a myriad of interest groups, each of which has a vested interest in the outcome of the policy debate and often vigorously articulates "science" that supports its position.

Adapted from Robert T. Lackey, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Corvallis, Oregon.

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The West Coast Crane Working Group is a regional technical workgroup of the North American Crane Working Group (NACWG). The NACWG is a member of the Crane Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission of The World Conservation Union (IUCN) based in Gland, Switzerland. 


The WCCWG receives support from The Paul L King Charitable Foundation, The Foley/Frischkorn Wildlife and Conservation Fund, and Chevron Research and Technology Company and other appreciated supporters.



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