State Wildlife Action Plan
Georgia’s State Wildlife Action Plan is a statewide strategy to conserve populations of native wildlife species and the natural habitats they need before these animals, plants and places become rarer and more costly to conserve or restore.
Species and habitats vary from golden-winged warblers and gopher tortoises to Georgia aster wildflowers and longleaf pine savannas. The Wildlife Action Plan uses the best available data to provide a comprehensive, adaptable assessment of conservation needs and the best ways to address them.
Georgia's plan lists 349 animal and 290 plant species as high priorities for conservation. The 150 conservation actions recommended focus efforts where they’re most needed and most effective.
Congress requires an approved Wildlife Action Plan for state agencies to receive State Wildlife Grants, the main federal funding source for states to conserve nongame -- animals not legally fished for or hunted.
DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section leads the planning process. But this is not a DNR plan. Georgia’s Wildlife Action Plan was created in 2005 and revised in 2015 by more than 100 partners and stakeholders, from agencies and academic institutions to companies and private landowners.
Conservation partners are critical to updating the plan and putting its recommendations into practice.
Successes achieved at least in part through the Wildlife Action Plan include:
Established by Congress in 2000, the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants (SWG) Program is the only federal program designed to help prevent wildlife from declining to the point of becoming endangered. The goal: Keep common species common. Georgia's State Wildlife Action Plan ensures that funds are spent strategically on actions to restore and enhance priority wildlife populations and habitat. Since the inception of the program, Georgia WRD has received more than $20 million for biological research, land acquisition, habitat restoration, reintroduction of native wildlife, partnerships with private landowners, education, and other conservation projects. As a condition for receiving SWG funding, every state and territorial fish and wildlife agency is required by Congress to develop, revise, and implement a State Wildlife Action Plan.
With more than 6,400 member organizations and businesses, the national Teaming With Wildlife (TWW) Coalition is one of the largest and most diverse coalitions ever assembled to support conservation. The TWW Coalition supports robust and dedicated funding for state nongame wildlife conservation, education, and nature-based recreation. The coalition was established in the mid 1990’s to address a long-standing funding disparity in fish and wildlife conservation. Although fish and wildlife are held in the public trust by the states for all citizens, hunters and anglers (who pay excise taxes on their equipment) bear a disproportionate burden of the funding. The TWW Coalition seeks to correct this imbalance by advocating for needed funding such as the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program. You can lend your voice to this important cause by adding your organization to the Teaming With Wildlife coalition. To join the coalition, please visit: http://teaming.com/content/join-coalition.
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