11. - Expand existing wildlife and habitat databases
Text from the Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan, 2008, Page 15
Federal agencies will work with state and tribal governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and the private sector to facilitate and build upon existing efforts by public and private entities to develop baseline data and science-based objectives for achieving overall net gains in habitat and populations where consistent with state objectives. The data will be used to:
- Create measurable goals and outcomes for implementation of Executive Order 13443. For example, “X numbers of ducks, turkeys, quail, elk, etc., by August 15, 2018.” Population metrics can be recorded for nationwide increases and/or landscape-scale increases or decreases.
- Populate a standardized, web-based, one-stop-shop to disseminate population data for use in adaptive management, information about best practices, conservation tools, and grant opportunities.
- Coordinate wildlife population and habitat modeling protocols that ensure consistency with most recent research findings.
- Develop, support, and advertise a web-based capability to help identify public lands available for hunting, to learn where to hunt, and also where to learn more about hunting.
- Review current predator control policies at the state level in the context of maintaining elk and deer populations primarily as management objectives.