Conservationists nationwide regard BBCC as a model for public and private interests coming together to address conservation issues.

—Steve Williams, Wildlife Management Institute

What emerged was the Black Bear Conservation Coalition. It was an eclectic and even somewhat unlikely collection of citizens, but they embraced a cooperative management approach that turned the typical “lose-lose” story of an Endangered Species Act designation into a “win-win” story for landowners and, most importantly, the bear…

 

How to wrestle a bear – and win: The story of the Black Bear Conservation Committee
by Brent Haglund and Thomas Still
Hands-On Environmentalism
Encounter Books, San Francisco, CA, 2005

According to Theodore Roosevelt IV, great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, “The Black Bear Conservation Coalition is providing a model of inclusiveness for conservation efforts around this country. Let me state categorically: We cannot protect the environment without those people who live closest to it, whose livelihood is on the land – the farmer, the rancher, the logger, the fisherman.”

 

Living with the Black Bear
Mississippi Fish and Wildlife Foundation, 2003

By coordinating a large number of groups and interests, the conservation recommendations contained in the Louisiana Black Bear Restoration Plan and the Black Bear Management Handbook for private landowners are more realistic and well considered. In addition, this group is able to brainstorm and implement innovative funding mechanisms to carry out strategies laid out in those documents.

 

Frayed Safety Nets: Conservation Planning Under the Endangered Species Act
by Laura C. Hood
Defenders of Wildlife, 2001

During the past decade a synergy has been growing between biologists and policy makers in the non-profit, corporate and government sectors who are convinced a better way exists to effect conservation gains and implement a land ethic. The success of these three sectors in partnership is exemplified by the Black Bear Conservation Coalition…

 

Involving Communities in Wildlife Management: The Black Bear Conservation Committee
by Murray Lloyd
From: Building on Leopold’s Legacy: Conservation for a New Century
National Conference, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, October 1999

All participants interviewed felt that the BBCC has met their objectives—to restore Louisiana Black Bear populations and to create an alternative mechanism for landowner and conservation conflicts to be resolved—very well. The interviewees felt that their openness to including all interests, their flexibility, their dedication to ethical behavior, their establishment of personal relationships that broke down stereotypes, and their ability to look “outside of the box” all contributed to the success of the BBCC and the lack of dissatisfied parties.

 

The Louisiana Black Bear Conservation Plan. In Improving Integrated Natural Resource Planning: Habitat Conservation Plans
by Jennifer Merrick
National Center for Environmental Decision Making Research, 1998

Various Louisiana Black Bear recovery actions have been taken, are underway, and are being planned that would not be possible to achieve without the cooperation, support, and involvement of the BBCC…

 

Recovery Plan – Louisiana Black Bear
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1995