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Wildlife Action Plan


Eight Required Elements


In order to make the best use of the State Wildlife Grants program funds, Congress charged each state with developing a statewide Wildlife Action Plan. Congress directed that the Wildlife Action Plan must identify and be focused on the "species in greatest need of conservation," yet address the "full array of wildlife" and wildlife-related issues. Congress requires that the following eight elements be addressed in each state's wildlife conservation strategy:
  1. Identify wildlife distribution and abundance: Provide information on the distribution and abundance of species of wildlife, including low and declining populations as the State fish and wildlife agency deems appropriate, that are indicative of the diversity and health of the State's wildlife.
  2. Describe location and condition of key habitats: Describe the locations and relative condition of key habitats and community types essential to conservation of species identified in (1).
  3. Describe key threats and research needs: Describe problems that may adversely affect species identified in (1) or their habitats, and priority research and survey efforts needed to identify factors which may assist in restoration and improved conservation of these species and habitats.
  4. Describe and prioritize conservation actions: Describe conservation actions proposed to conserve the identified species and habitats and priorities for implementing such actions.
  5. Monitor species, habitats and conservation actions: Describe plans to:
    1. Monitor species identified in (1) and their habitats;
    2. Monitor the effectiveness of the conservation actions proposed in (4); and,
    3. Adapt conservation actions to respond appropriately to new information or changing conditions.
  6. Develop a plan review process: Describe procedures to review the Wildlife Action Plan at intervals not to exceed ten years.
  7. Coordinate with other plans: Coordinate the development, implementation, review, and revision of the CWCS with Federal, State, and local agencies and Indian tribes that manage significant land and water areas within the State or administer programs that significantly affect the conservation of identified species and habitats.
  8. Include public participation: Describe public participation in the development, revision, and implementation of the CWCS and projects and programs.



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