Kevin Connally

Kevin is a 2014 alumnus of the Managing by Network course. He is currently a USFWS Biologist in the Consultation and Conservation Planning Program at the Washington Office. Kevin’s work focuses on Habitat Conservation Planning and other partnership-based approaches that seek solutions to natural resource and endangered species issues. Kevin has been with USFWS since 2009, and has been involved with Habitat Conservation Planning for 15 years. He has been a guest instructor at the National Conservation Training Center since 2010, where he will teach again this summer.

Prior to joining the USFWS, Kevin spent time in county government, with state wildlife agencies, and with an international conservation NGO. Over the last 25+ years, he has been involved in conservation efforts for endangered plants, anadromous fishes, neo-tropical migratory songbirds, under-appreciated invertebrates, and a number of reptiles and amphibians. He is currently focused on developing conservation plans for threatened and endangered species in the Pacific Northwest. He attended Southampton College, Texas A&M University, and Southwest Texas State University.

Kevin's case study features the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program. This stakeholder-based, consensus-building approach resolved a conflict that had tormented central Texas for more than 60 years. The case study looks at the intersection of drought, groundwater law, the Endangered Species Act, and years of legal battles that were overcome in 2013 with the development of a Habitat Conservation Plan and the issuance of a USFWS Incidental Take Permit.

Kevin is featured in the following instructional video:

The Edwards Aquifer Recovery and Implementation Program: Community-Based Solution

Kevin Connally

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