Understanding evolution helps us solve biological problems that impact our lives. There are excellent examples of this in the conservation field. An understanding of the relationship between population size and genetic variation can give us a better idea of when a population is endangered. Artificial selection in hatcheries can impact wild populations when those hatchery fish are released. Phylogenetics with an eye toward biodiversity can help conservationists make decisions about where to focus their efforts. In these ways, knowledge of evolution guides conservation work and policies.
For an excellent example of using evolutionary history to formulate conservation strategy, read The Monterey Pine through geologic time.