Statement from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Regarding the Release of the Species of Greatest Conservation Need National Database

October 25, 2017

The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is thrilled to hear about the release of a new national database listing Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN), announced today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
“This national database will be an asset to state fish and wildlife agencies, as well as federal agencies, territories and our conservation partners,” stated Virgil Moore, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Director of Idaho Fish and Game. “This tool will showcase the importance of our State Wildlife Action Plans by allowing us to view the change in our most sensitive imperiled species within our state’s borders over time.”
State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs) outline strategic conservation approaches for wildlife and wildlife habitats in each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The wildlife action plans focus on practical, proactive measures to conserve and restore important lands and waters, curb establishment of invasive species and address other pressing conservation needs. Each plan identifies those species that are of greatest conservation need and the steps needed to conserve these species and their habitats before they become even more rare and costly to restore. The plans are developed in collaboration with federal, state and private partners and with participation from the public and layout a vision for sustaining fish and wildlife for future generations.
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The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the public interest. The Association represents its state agency members on Capitol Hill and before the Administration to advance favorable fish and wildlife conservation policy and funding and works to ensure that all entities work collaboratively on the most important issues. The Association also provides member agencies with coordination services on cross-cutting as well as species-based programs that range from birds, fish habitat and energy development to climate change, wildlife action plans, conservation education, leadership training and international relations. Working together, the Association’s member agencies are ensuring that North American fish and wildlife management has a clear and collective voice.