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The initial summary of the four stakeholder kick-off meetings is now available via this webinar and the final report will be available soon.
To receive updates or to get involved, please provide your information here. If you know other partners or organizations that you feel should be involved in the Wildlife Action Plan, please add them too. Everyone will have the opportunity to opt out of they wish.
The Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife is beginning the process of updating the State Wildlife Action Plan. Indiana's Action Plan is a habitat-based model that incorporates all fish and wildlife species within the state. It identifies the condition of Indiana's wildlife species and habitats, the problems they face, and the actions needed to ensure their long-term success.
Partner input is crucial to this process. You've been identified as a key partner to this collaborative planning effort. We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to attend one of three stakeholder meetings. We need your success stories and your assistance in shaping the future and establishing outcomes that we all believe are vital to the natural resource community at large.
Kick-off Meeting Summary and Recommendations
Past Meeting Notes
Indiana's State Wildlife Action Plan Advisory Committee
American Electric Power
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Indiana Farm Bureau
Indiana Forest & Woodland Owners Association
Indiana Land Protection Alliance
Indiana State Department of Agriculture
Indiana Wildlife Federation
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Purdue University, Department of Forestry & Natural Resources
The Nature Conservancy
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service
Why undertake this effort?
The Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife identified the need for guidance for statewide management and conservation of our natural resources as a high priority. It is also critical to bridge efforts across numerous natural resource agencies and organizations to maximize opportunities and accelerate conservation. Indiana’s State Wildlife Action Plan was identified as a mechanism to accomplish these ambitious goals.
In addition to the Division goals, State Wildlife Action Plans also fulfill another role to bring crucial federal funds to the state for the protection, conservation, and management of wildlife species. U.S. Congress requires that all states and territories review and revise their SWAPs at least every 10 years to address new and changing conditions. Given this requirement, all states will need to complete a revision of their SWAPs by 2015. More information about the federal program and requirements can be found on Teaming with Wildlife.
Late 2011 – Division of Fish and Wildlife choose project leaders to oversee the revision and implementation
2012 – A Core Team is established to ensure the SWAP revision gets completed. The Core Team represents a diverse interest of Fish and Wildlife programs.
2013 – An Advisory Group representing diverse natural resource interests is established to provide critical feedback and participation throughout the process.
In mid-year, the conservation community at large will be given opportunities to learn about the process and to provide early input.
2014 – A technical survey will be conducted to collect information from members of the conservation community about Indiana’s wildlife species, habitats and threats to them. Data from the survey will be reviewed and actions will be developed and prioritized to address key threats and needs.
2015 – Finalize Indiana’s SWAP document and begin implementation. Submit for federal approval of the SWAP by October 2015.
Indiana’s 2005 State Wildlife Action Plan (Comprehensive Wildlife Strategy)
A. Complete list of habitat definitions
B. Communications plan
C. Guilds by habitat and sub-habitat
D. Representative species expert questionnaire
E. Expert Questionnaire Results
F. Habitat Narratives with Expert Comments
G. Indiana Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Organizations Survey form
I. Informational Materials
J. Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Indiana and Associated Habitat Types
K. Taxonomic group references
L. Conservation Programs and Resources
M. Suggested Wildlife Monitoring
N. Suggest Habitat Monitoring
O. Public comments
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