WHO'S TAKING THE LEAD?
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is
charged with completing a conservation strategy for all
of Oklahoma's wildlife, not just a strategy for the agency.
That’s why we need you or your organization to help
us design and carry out the strategy.
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?
v Biologists and ecologists
v Local governments
v Conservation groups
v Private landowners
v State, federal and tribal agencies
WHY YOU'RE NEEDED:
A strategy is only as good as its components. We need
your expertise, your ideas, and your priorities. To be
effective, the strategy must be shaped by the people who
know the nooks and crannies of the state, and who
understand the issues, challenges and threats to our
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?
This is the one planning effort you don’t want to miss.
Oklahoma's strategy will guide the future of wildlife
conservation and associated funding. By participating,
you will expand networks and coalitions for conserving
our wildlife resources. This is your chance to make
A WIN:WIN APPROACH
This strategy is not about more regulations, but all about
positive ways to conserve wildlife and habitats:
v Saving millions of taxpayer dollars by saving
species before they become endangered.
v Working to prevent conflicts over development
and critical habitat and wildlife.
v Investing in outdoor recreation and nature tourism
(the fastest growing segment of tourism) by taking
care of the resource.
v Passing on a healthy wildlife legacy to children.
What will Oklahoma's Wildlife Conservation
Strategy look like?
The strategy will serve as the plan of action for state
wildlife conservation and funding. The primary purpose
is to target species of greatest conservation need.
However, the plan will address the full array of wildlife
and habitats—taking advantage of good work already
done in the Oklahoma and filling in gaps.
Think of the strategy as a health check and prescription
for wellness—a key to preventing life-threatening
illnesses. Congress requires eight elements be included in
this prescription for a healthy wildlife future. Those are:
1. What’s here now?—distribution and abundance of
wildlife species. Focus on low and declining species
that are indicators of the health of the state’s wildlife.
2. Health check—location and condition of habitats that
are vital to conserving priority species.
3. Threats—identifying problems that may harm wildlife
species and habitat, and priority research for
4. Actions—prescriptions and priorities for conserving
wildlife species and habitats.
5. Monitoring—how to assess and measure
effectiveness of conservation actions.
6. Review—assessment at intervals not to exceed 10
7. Coordination—involvement of federal, state, local
agencies and Indian tribes that manage lands or
programs affecting wildlife.
8. Public participation—required by law and essential
for success in developing and carrying out plans. You
are needed now–and later too!
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