Initiative 6 - Coordinating Federal, State, Tribal, and International Action

Text from the Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan, 2008, Page 33

image of Desert NWR, NV, Credit: J&K Hollingsworth/USFWS

Background

Facing human population growth, development, climate change and other factors, federal, state, and tribal wildlife managers of North America believe wildlife resources of this continent can only be sustained with more effective collaboration. Wildlife conservation efforts aimed at managing populations, habitat, and people must be coordinated to achieve these goals.

Although most apparent in addressing migratory species, interstate fishery resources and other federal trust species, the importance of coordination is also evident in the management of resident species or populations that cross state, state/tribal boundaries, or reside on federal public land. Development of federal, state, and tribal land management plans and actions should be developed in concert because of the proximity of these lands to one another and because actions taken on one governmental entity’s land may have an impact on wildlife and habitat occurring on the same range or habitat type.

Although a great deal of progress has been made through the Cooperative Conservation Task Force, and other programs and initiatives, some challenges must be addressed to maximize collaboration and achieve the stated goals. The challenges continue to occur at all levels of federal, state, and tribal governments. Improvement is necessary to meet the fish and wildlife conservation challenges of tomorrow. To do so, federal and state wildlife agencies and tribal governments should coordinate and collaborate in planning, decision-making, and implementation activities to achieve maximum wildlife conservation success for the nation.

SCC White Paper Goals and Recommendations

  • Develop infrastructure and capacity that will improve and enhance collaboration and communication between federal, state, and tribal governments to achieve seamless implementation and integration of wildlife objectives.
  • Ensure that federal agencies, state agencies, and tribal governments collaborate in wildlife conservation efforts aimed at managing populations, habitat, and people to achieve landscape-scale goals. Desired population levels of game and non-game species negotiated between state, federal, tribal, and private entities. One benefit would be to avoid current frequent conflicts between population objectives for game and non-game species.
  • Ensure that federal agencies, state agencies, and tribal governments integrate the seven principles of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation—as described in the SCC white papers—into resource management decisionmaking.

Actions for Initiative 6 - Coordinating Federal, State, Tribal, and International Action

Supporting documentation and findings

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