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Background

Black Bear CubFederal funds are available to Arkansas through State Wildlife Grants to monitor, research and protect the needs of wildlife not addressed by funding available for game species or endangered species. To be eligible for these funds, Arkansas developed a comprehensive strategy to effectively allocate the money.

The strategy was authored by teams of wildlife professionals representing public agencies and private organizations. The Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on January 17,2007. The Plan was revised and approved January 2015.

The Arkansas Wildlife Action plan implements the priorities determined by a database of scientific knowledge of wildlife. A total of 377 species of greatest conservation need are addressed in the context of 37 terrestrial habitats and 18 aquatic habitats in 7 ecoregions in Arkansas.

Citation: Fowler, Allison (Ed) 2015. Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Little Rock, Arkansas. 1678 pp.

Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan

Introduction

I. Wildlife Action Plan

II. Species of Greatest Conservation Need

III. The Ecoregions of Arkansas

  • Conservation priority
  • Ozark Highlands Ecoregion
  • Boston Mountain Ecoregion
  • Arkansas Valley Ecoregion
  • Ouachita Mountains Ecoregion
  • South Central Plains Ecoregion
  • Mississippi Alluvial Plain Ecoregion
  • Mississippi Valley Loess Plains

IV. Terrestrial Habitats

  • Components of Reports
  • Terrestrial habitat reports

V. Aquatic Habitats

  • Definition
  • Ranking
  • Ecobasins
  • Aquatic habitat health
  • Indicators of aquatic condition
  • Ranking and overall condition

VI. Informing and engaging the public

  • Continuing efforts for informing and engaging the public

VII. Climate Change in Arkansas

  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Projected Changes for Arkansas
  • Potential Impacts to Habitats
  • Potential Impacts to Species
  • Adaptation Strategy

VIII. Support Documents

  • Appendix 1.1. Acronyms
  • Appendix 2.1. List of SGCN by Priority Score
  • Appendix 2.2. List of SGCN by Taxonomic Group
  • Appendix 2.3. List of Added and Removed SGCN for 2015 Revision
  • Appendix 3.1. Potential Habitat: GIS Methodology
  • Appendix 3.2. Crosswalk of Terrestrial Habitat Changes
  • Appendix 4.1. Aquatic Health and Ecobasin Condition: GIS Methodology
  • Appendix 5.1. References and Literature Cited

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