Alabama Wildlife Action Plan

By the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Completing and implementing the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy gives the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources a historic opportunity to assess and address Alabama's wildlife diversity on a statewide scale.

To develop the Strategy, the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries compiled, coordinated and integrated the best available scientific information on the status of Alabama's wildlife populations, and incorporated the concerns, recommendations and existing conservation priorities of an array of public and private stakeholders. The Strategy puts particular emphasis on the needs of species whose populations are declining from habitat loss and fragmentation. The Department intends to work proactively to stop such declines and to minimize the need to protect additional species under the Endangered Species Act.

Management

A variety of state and federal agencies, including the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Alabama Forestry Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Tennessee Valley Authority, manage Alabama's widespread public lands.

Wildlife Highlights

Alabama surpasses all eastern states in plant and animal diversity and exceeds any other state in diversity of freshwater fish and invertebrates.

Primary Challenges to Conserving Wildlife in Alabama

Alabama's land and waterscapes are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, loss of natural community integrity, impacts from disturbance and exotic species, and lack of adequate protection and/or information. For most species of conservation concern, the current species distribution and status, as well as various aspects of life history and biology, are poorly understood in most habitats. Insufficient conservation-related education, as well as inadequate outreach about biologically significant areas and species, also threatens many habitats and species.

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies represents all of North America’s fish and wildlife agencies, promotes sound management and conservation, and speaks with a unified voice on important fish and wildlife issues.

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