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  1. Solutions on the Horizon:Integrated Planning in the 21st Century Trisha White Defenders of Wildlife

  2. Section 6001 Transportation Planning “The long-range transportation plan shall be developed in consultation with State, tribal, and local agencies responsible for land use management, natural resources, environmental protection, conservation and historic preservation.”

  3. Section 6001 Transportation Planning “Consultation under clause (i) shall involve comparison of transportation plans to State and tribal conservation plans or maps, if available, and comparison of transportation plans to inventories of natural or historic resources, if available.”

  4. Section 6001 Transportation Planning “A long-range transportation plan shall include a discussion of potential environmental mitigation activities and potential areas to carry out these activities, including activities that may have the greatest potential to restore and maintain the environmental functions affected by the plan.”

  5. Section 6001 Transportation Planning • Consultation with resource agencies • Comparison with conservation plans, maps • Discussion of mitigation activities, areas

  6. WHAT ? Do you mean we’re not already doing that? Do you mean we’re required to do that?

  7. Game Management

  8. Endangered Species

  9. Land / Habitat

  10. UGH! • Resource Agencies: • Lack of resources • Different constituencies • Transportation Agencies: • Sophisticated planning process • Lack of direction from resource agencies

  11. State Wildlife Grants Program • Established 2001, Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA) • Administered by USFWS, to state fish and wildlife agencies • Federal funds to state agencies in support of cost-effective conservation, keep wildlife species from becoming endangered • SWG projects include restoring degraded habitat, reintroducing native species, developing partnerships with private landowners, monitoring declining species

  12. State Wildlife Grants Program • Funds allocated according to formula based on state size and population • Fluctuating funding ($65 – 85 million/year) • Non-federal match (50/50) • Required to complete State Wildlife Action Plan by October 1, 2005

  13. State Wildlife Action Plans • Developed by state fish and wildlife agencies • Approved by USFWS • Non-federal match (75/25) • Prioritize conservation efforts throughout state • Reviewed at least every decade Strategic vision for conserving the state’s wildlife, not just a plan for the agency

  14. State Wildlife Action Plans • Wildlife Status • Habitat Status • Threats Analysis & Research • Prioritized Conservation Actions • Monitoring of Status and Actions • Plan Review & Update • Coordination with Agencies • Public Participation

  15. What’s in a name? • Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plans (CWCP) • Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategies (CWCS) • State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAP) SAME THING

  16. A Plan for ALL the wildlife in a state? Are you crazy? Is this possible? Has anyone ever done this?

  17. Florida Strategic Habitat Conservation Areas Strategic habitat Public land (April 2001) Source: Cox, J. R. Kautz, M. MacLaughlin, and T. Gilbert. 1994. Closing the gaps in Florida’s wildlife habitat conservation system. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tallahassee.

  18. Oregon Biodiversity Project

  19. Massachusetts Statewide Plan

  20. Statewide Biodiversity Planning Status as of 2002 (Pre-SWG)

  21. Statewide Plans, October 2005

  22. W i s c o n s i n ’ s S t r a t e g y f o r W i l d l i f e S p e c i e s o f G r e a t e s t C o n s e r v a t i o n N e e d http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/er/cwcp

  23. Minnesota's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy

  24. Section 6001 Transportation Planning • Consultation with resource agencies • Comparison with conservation plans, maps • Discussion of mitigation activities, areas

  25. Section 6001 Transportation Planning State Wildlife Action Plan:Implementation + • Proactive conservation • Effective planning tool • Streamlining • Better use of tax dollars • Transportation planning • Land use planning • Open space funding • Federal & State incentive programs

  26. Stay tuned… • Making TRACS • A Project to Integrate Transportation and Conservation Strategically • A multi-year effort to support, enable and equip states’ efforts to implement their Action Plans • Information gathering • Workshops • Guidance • Support • Resources

  27. Partners

  28. www.biodiversitypartners.org www.teaming.com www.habitatandhighways.org