Help Preserve Habitat

Comments by June 5, 2015

Auduboners have an opportunity to help state officials preserve habitat by commenting on the Virginia Wildlife Action Plan prepared by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF). The draft plan identifies key species and habitats in need of conservation and implements projects and research needed to address those issues.  A plan is due to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by October 1, 2015.

DGIF wrote us: "Updating the plan provides an important opportunity for the conservation community to reevaluate the status of species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) and their habitats, review conservation priorities and reprioritize conservation actions.  The 2015 draft wildlife action plan adopts a greater emphasis on habitat conservation, communicates priority actions and needs at the local level (multi-county jurisdictions), and focuses on enhancingspecies prioritizations."

 "We would greatly appreciate your organization’s review of and input on Virginia’s Draft 2015 Wildlife Action Plan.  It is available online at http://www.bewildvirginia.org/wildlife-action-plan/draft/, and it is separated into multiple sections as PDF files for easier review.  You will find an Introduction and Statewide Overview chapter as well as 21 chapters that cover the local planning regions.  Please feel free to review the entire document or only those sections that relate to your area of work or focus.  Also, please feel free to forward this message to anyone else you feel may be interested in reviewing the document."

DGIF requests that all comments be sent to WildlifePlan@dgif.virginia.gov by Friday, June 5th at 5:00 p.m.  When you send your comments, please coopy Glenda Booth at gbooth123@aol.com so we can incorporate them into comments from the chapter.