A Vision for the Future

To establish a focus for future wildlife conservation activities, the Advisory Committee to the Iowa Wildlife Action Plan - a group of fish and wildlife professionals, educators, researchers, private conservation organizations, concerned citizens and representatives of the agricultural community - developed a vision for the status of Iowa's wildlife in 25 years. The vision statement has six elements that include benefits to fish and wildlife, the citizens who enjoy and support them, and the private landowners who must embrace them if the vision is to be realized. With each vision element the Advisory Committee developed specific conservation actions that need to be implemented to reach the Plan's goals in a 25-year framework.

These vision elements and conservation actions are not specifically designed to be implemented by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. They are designed to provide a broad framework of actions that can be undertaken by conservationists at all levels of government, by private conservation organizations and by private citizens. Extensive coordination will be necessary between these stakeholders to make the vision a reality.

A Vision for Iowa's Wildlife
By 2030 Iowa will have viable wildlife populations that are compatible with modern landscapes and human social tolerance.

A Vision for Wildlife Habitats
By 2030 Iowa will have healthy ecosystems that incorporate diverse, native habitats capable of sustaining viable wildlife populations.

A Vision for Wildlife Management
Diverse wildlife communities will be developed on public and private lands and waters through the use of adaptive ecological management principles.

A Vision for Wildlife-Associated Recreation
More Iowans will participate in wildlife-associated recreation, and all Iowans will have access to publicly owned recreation areas to enjoy wildlife in its many forms.

A Vision for Wildlife Education
Iowans will respect wildlife for its many values and they will advocate effectively for conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitats.

A Vision to Fund Wildlife Conservation
Stable, permanent funding will be dedicated to the management of wildlife at a level adequate to achieve the visions of this plan.