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The Iowa Wildlife Action Plan [Revision Materials]

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 Iowa DNR is seeking input on the first comprehensive review and revision to the State Wildlife Action Plan, “Securing a Future for Fish and Wildlife:  A Conservation Legacy for Iowans.”  First approved in 2006, the Iowa Wildlife Action Plan (IWAP) is a 25-year strategy for conservation of all wildlife in Iowa. The IWAP is the result of a cooperative effort between land managers, fish and wildlife biologists, citizen conservationists and others who share an interest in wildlife conservation.

Feedback from any interested party is being sought on draft chapters of the Plan as they become available. Comments can be submitted in writing either by email to Katy.Reeder@dnr.iowa.gov

or by mail to Katy Reeder, Iowa DNR, 502 E 9th St, Des Moines IA 50319. To reach Katy by phone, please call (515) 494-6136. All comments are requested by September 4, 2015. 


Draft chapters available for review and comment:

(check here periodically for additional chapters as they become available throughout the first half of August)

Chapter 1 – A Need for Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation 
Appendices  Associated with Chapter 1 (Appendices 1-2)  
  • Appendix 1- IWAP Implementation Committee Members in 2015
  • Appendix 2 – Attendees at the IWAP Advisory Group meeting in 2004
Chapter 2 - History of the Formation and Conservation of Iowa's Natural Communities 

Chapter 3 – Iowa Fish and Wildlife and Species of Greatest Conservation Need 
Appendices Associated with Chapter 3 (Appendices 3-17)
  • Appendix 1 - IWAP Implementation Committee Members in 2015 
  • Appendix 2 – 2004 Advisory Group Meeting Attendees
  • Appendix 3 – List of Iowa Amphibians Evaluated by the IWAP
  • Appendix 4 – List of Iowa Reptiles Evaluated by the IWAP
  • Appendix 5 – List of Iowa Breeding Birds Evaluated by the IWAP
  • Appendix 6 – List of Iowa Non-Breeding Birds Evaluated by the IWAP
  • Appendix 7 – List of Iowa Butterflies Evaluated by the IWAP
  • Appendix 8 – List of Iowa Crayfish Evaluated by the IWAP
  • Appendix 9 – List of Iowa Dragonflies and Damselflies Evaluated by the IWAP
  • Appendix 10 – List of Iowa Fish Evaluated by the IWAP
  • Appendix 11 – List of Iowa Mammals Evaluated by the IWAP
  • Appendix 12 – List of Iowa Mussels Evaluated by the IWAP
  • Appendix 13 – List of Iowa Terrestrial Snails Evaluated by the IWAP
  • Appendix 14 – NatureServe National and Subnational (State) Heritage Status Rank Definitions
  • Appendix 15 – Iowa Animal Endangered, Threatened, and Special Concern Species
  • Appendix 16 - Species Status Assessment Criteria and Summarized Assessment Values
  • Appendix 17 - Informational Form for Nomination of New Taxonomic Groups to the Iowa Wildlife Action Plan

The Iowa Wildlife Action Plan - Cost Effective Conservation [Current]

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.


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 515-494-6136, 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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