Congress identified eight required elements to be addressed in each state’s
Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy. Congress also directed that the
strategies must identify and be focused on the "species in greatest need of
conservation," yet address the "full array of wildlife" and wildlife-related
issues. The strategies must provide and make use of:
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
Descriptions of locations
and relative condition of key habitats and community types
essential to conservation
of species identified in (1).
Descriptions of problems
which may adversely
affect species identified in (1) or their habitats,
and priority research and
needed to identify factors which may assist in restoration and improved
conservation of these species and habitats.
proposed to conserve the identified species and habitats
and priorities for implementing such actions.
Proposed plans for
identified in (1) and their habitats, for monitoring the effectiveness of the
conservation actions proposed in (4), and for adapting these conservation
actions to respond appropriately to new information or changing conditions.
Descriptions of procedures
to review the strategy
at intervals not to exceed ten years.
development, implementation, review, and revision of the plan 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.
affirmed through this legislation that
broad public participation
is an essential
element of developing and implementing these plans, the projects that are
carried out while these plans are developed, and the Species in Greatest Need
of Conservation that Congress has indicated such programs and projects are
intended to emphasize.
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