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A national look at
Species of Greatest Conservation Need
as reported in State Wildlife Action Plans

State Wildlife Action Plans outline the steps that are needed to conserve wildlife and habitat before they become too rare or costly to restore. In 2005, all 50 States and five U.S. territories developed a State Wildlife Action Plan.

One approach to advance the national conservation agenda is to use common language to identify and communicate common needs that extend across state boundaries. The U.S. Geological Survey has built a framework to compile the Species of Greatest Conservation Need from the State Wildlife Action Plans submitted by each state and territory in the United States. Upon completion of the framework, a Species Conservation Analysis Tool enables users to gain an understanding of the numbers of species listed in State Wildlife Action Plans and their distribution among taxa groups and states nationwide.

Revisions of State Wildlife Action Plans are currently underway and will be completed by 2015. USGS is coordinating with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and individual state agencies to provide access to compiled species lists from the revised plans. The Species Conservation Analysis Tool will be updated with the new data to enable up-to-date information to inform decisions effecting conservation.

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