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The Iowa Wildlife Action Plan - Cost Effective Conservation

The Iowa Wildlife Action Plan has been revised - what has changed?

  • Species of Greatest Conservation Need list (chapter 3)
  • High Opportunity Areas for Cooperative Conservation Actions (Chapter 8)
  • Appendices have been updated

The Iowa Wildlife Action Plan (IWAP) is a proactive plan designed to conserve all wildlife in Iowa before they become rare and more costly to protect. Developed by a coalition of scientists, sportsmen and women, conservationists, and members of the public, this plan can help us protect wildlife and the places they live for future generations. If the steps in the action plan are successfully carried out, Iowa will have cleaner water and air - a healthy environment for people and wildlife.

The current revision was undertaken to better reflect the priorities of a larger group of conservation partners and to update the list of Species of Greatest Conservation Need. Although the IWAP was recently revised, a full review and revision will be due in October of 2015. We appreciate the active participation of partners in the improvement of the IWAP, and look forward to further collaborations to ensure that the plan is an effective conservation strategy for Iowa’s wildlife.

Securing a Future for Fish and Wildlife: a Conservation Legacy for Iowans cover Iowa Wildlife Action Plan  Securing a Future for Fish and Wildlife: a Conservation Legacy for Iowans is the first attempt ever to enumerate most of the state’s wildlife and evaluate the status of each species. It also examines stresses on wild creatures or their habitats and lays out visions and strategies to conserve wildlife over the next 25 years.

Originally called the Iowa Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan, the IWAP identifies 999 species of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, mussels (freshwater clams), land snails, butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies. Nearly one-third of all species found in Iowa are of concern due to their decline across Iowa. Although plant species are not listed in this wildlife plan, plant communities are addressed as an important part of the habitats for most of Iowa’s wildlife.

Wildlife Action Plans are required of all 50 states, five U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and several Native American tribes receiving these annual grants from Congress through the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program. Iowa DNR has received more than $8.5 million from 2001-2012, with funds used to enhance its Wildlife Diversity Program through increased research, habitat protection, and management for "species of greatest conservation need". Iowa must match the SWG income dollar-for-dollar with non-federal funds.

Recent Iowa Success Stories Resulting from the Plan - An Overview

The entire Iowa Wildlife Action Plan is provided below. Because of plan's large size, it has been separated into multiple files for faster downloading. The 16-page Executive Summary offers a very brief look at the condition of Iowa's wildlife and habitats, plus visions for the future, without the extensive tables, maps and other data provided in the complete 366-page plan.

Iowa Wildlife Action Plan - Executive Summary
Iowa Wildlife Action Plan - Chapters 1 and 2: Introduction; Status of Iowa's Natural Communities
Iowa Wildlife Action Plan - Chapter 3: Species of Greatest Conservation Need
Iowa Wildlife Action Plan - Chapters 4 and 5: Habitats; Stresses on Iowa's Wildlife
Iowa Wildlife Action Plan - Chapters 6 and 7: Vision for 2030; Research Surveys and Monitoring
Iowa Wildlife Action Plan - Chapter 8: Priorities and Geographic Opportunity Areas
Iowa Wildlife Action Plan - Chapters 9 and 10
         - Plan Coordination, Implementation and Review; Cost of Sustaining Iowa's Biodiversity
Iowa Wildlife Action Plan - Appendices 1-12
Iowa Wildlife Action Plan - Appendices 13-17
Iowa Wildlife Action Plan - Appendices 18-21

Copies on CD-ROM also are available by telephone request at 515-281-8396, by email request to katy.reeder@dnr.iowa.gov, or by writing: Katy Reeder, Wildlife Action Plan Manager, Wallace Bldg., 502 East 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0034.


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