CO Wildlife Action Plan will be updated

May 9, 2014

 Colorado Parks and Wildlife  will undertake the process of updating the Colorado Wildlife Action Plan.

CWF intends to participate in the process as we did for the last version (2006).

Here is the CPW press release:

 News from Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Contact Name: Mike Porras
Contact Phone: 970-255-6162


COLORADO'S WILDLIFE ACTION PLAN TO UNDERGO REVIEW

DENVER - Colorado Parks and Wildlife has begun a comprehensive review of
the State Wildlife Action Plan, or SWAP. As updates to the current
vision for managing Colorado’s fish, wildlife and natural habitats go
forward, agency officials say input from the public and a variety of
partner agencies will be critical for the development of an effective
plan.

State Wildlife Action Plans originated in the early 2000’s after a
coalition of federal and state resource agencies, sportsmen's groups,
conservation groups, non-governmental organizations, businesses and
private citizens joined in partnership to urge the U.S. Congress to
provide State Wildlife Grants for wildlife and habitat conservation.
Congress mandated that each state and territory develop their own
Wildlife Action Plans in order to be eligible for SWG monies.

Colorado's original SWAP was submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service and approved in 2006.

"We will not be starting from scratch," said Species Conservation
Coordinator Eric Odell of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "Although the
current plan is comprehensive and effective, all states are required to
update their plans on a 10-year interval per U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service requirements.

CPW will manage the review of the document; however, it is not solely an
agency plan. All included partners will use it as a blueprint to direct
a multitude of conservation plans and action, making their contributions
an important part of the process.

"We anticipate robust participation from our partners and the public,"
said Odell. "Wildlife conservation is very important to the state and
input from a wide variety of sources will ensure we have a complete and
inclusive plan."

The federal grants will support conservation efforts aimed at precluding
the need to list species under the federal Endangered Species Act.

"The goal of the plan is to help keep Colorado's common species,
common," said Odell.

Currently, Colorado's State Wildlife Grants amount to approximately $1
million per year. The federal funds go to a variety of wildlife
conservation efforts including the purchase of property easements to
preserve sage-grouse habitat.

Other efforts funded by the grants include supporting a native fish
hatchery, sage-grouse research, bird banding and survey work, amphibian
and reptile surveys, small mammal studies, habitat assessments,
improvements and restoration, black footed ferret conservation, bat
conservation, fish habitat surveys and conservation planning activities.

The deadline to submit the plan to the USFWS for approval is Sept. 30,
2015. Input from partners and the public will be regularly solicited
throughout the process.

The CPW website will host the information and the opportunity to provide
comments. Go to
www.cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/StateWildlifeActionPlan.aspx
<http://www.cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/StateWildlifeActionPlan.aspx> 

Additionally, those interested in being added to the stakeholder roster
should send their email contact information to:
dnr_swap_input@state.co.us <mailto:dnr_swap_input@state.co.us> .

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