What Does the Center for Biological Diversity Do?


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The Center for Biological Diversity works to secure a future for all species of plants and animals on the brink of extinction through science, law and creative media while also protecting the land, water and climate needed by such species to survive. The organization is based in Tucson, Arizona.

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The Center for Biological Diversity is a nonprofit membership organization and has offices and staff in several states. Kieran Suckling, Peter Galvin and Todd Schulke started the Greater Gila Biodiversity Project in 1989 with a small grant from Fund for Wild Nature. It later grew to become the Center for Biological Diversity after the U.S. Forest Service failed to protect imperiled species.

The greatest achievements of the center include campaigns to protect goshawks and owls that led to a shutdown of major timber operations throughout Arizona and New Mexico. The organization has 93 percent success rate in lawsuits. It has also developed a unique negotiating position with government and private corporations enabling it to work without the threat of litigation.

As of 2015, the board of directors includes Marcey Olajos, Stephanie Zill and Robin Silver serving as the Chair, the Treasurer and the Secretary respectively. Other members of the board are Matt Frankel, Todd Steiner, Todd Schulke and Peter Galvin.

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