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State Wildlife Actions Plans

Herons. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Herons. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

State Wildlife Action Plans are blueprints for wildlife conservation within individual states. These plans are being refined and revised to incorporate the latest knowledge, with updates scheduled for 2015. A wealth of regionally focused information (e.g., downscaled climate data, species distribution models, etc.) exists that could be incorporated into the revision process if synthesized and made accessible. Additionally, recognizing that species-ranges, -habitats, and -threats cross state boarders, linking shared priorities and efforts will lead to greater efficacy of conservation actions.

Coordinated through the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC, a State Wildlife Action Plan Work Group is supporting actions that:

  • Disseminate and synthesize regional science products – incorporating regionally based information and decision tools into planning
  • Identify shared conservation priorities – common species, implementation strategies and actions, and threats
  • Demonstrate collaborative efforts to achieve desired biological outcomes