CWCS Eight Required Elements

Congress identified required elements in the SWG legislation. 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. They must provide:

(1)   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 State’s wildlife; and

(2)   descriptions of locations and relative condition of key habitats and community types essential to conservation of species identified in (1); and

(3)   descriptions of problems which may adversely affect species identified in (1) or their habitats, and priority research and survey efforts needed to identify factors which may assist in restoration and improved conservation of these species and habitats; and

(4)   descriptions of conservation actions proposed to conserve the identified species and habitats and priorities for implementing such actions; and

(5)   proposed plans for monitoring species 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; and

(6)   descriptions of procedures to review the State Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy at intervals not to exceed ten years; and

(7)   plans for coordinating the development, implementation, review, and revision of the State comprehensive wildlife conservation strategy 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.

(8)   Congress has affirmed through SWG, and other guidance that broad public participation is an essential element of developing and implementing these Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategies, the projects that are carried out while these Strategies are developed, and the Species in Greatest Need of Conservation that Congress has indicated such programs and projects are intended to emphasize.