40.1 - Include statewide mapping efforts to identify areas of high importance to wildlife habitat in pre-lease planning

Text from the Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan, 2008, Page 43

Include statewide mapping efforts to identify areas of high importance to wildlife habitat in pre-lease planning; for populations of sensitive species to remain viable, big game crucial winter ranges and migration corridors, areas sustaining a high density of sage grouse leks, and those intact portions of the landscape without substantial habitat fragmentations; use the Western Governor’s Association’s Wildlife Migratory Corridor Report; and use State Wildlife Conservation Plans.

Assessment of Status: Complete

The Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, and Energy agreed to assist the member States, through the Western Governors’ Association, in the creation of State-based decision support systems that develop, coordinate, make consistent and integrate quality data about wildlife and crucial habitat across landscapes. The regional-level data and maps will be useful to inform large-scale planning that spans multiple states and/or jurisdictions, including energy and transportation projects. Additionally, the BLM’s National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy and the Rapid Ecoregional Assessments are two ongoing efforts that are directed to inform these efforts.

Supporting documentation and findings

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