Conservation Summary

Gulf Coast Region Challenges

A first, but necessary, step in any planning and design effort is the establishment of priorities and objectives. Although the broad conservation community along the Gulf represents a diverse set of stakeholders with wide-ranging interests, priorities, and objectives, the vast majority of these “conservation targets” are formalized in existing plans and databases. We are using the established conservation targets identified through the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA), Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), Joint Ventures (JVs), State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs), the Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation (PGCLC), and the National Estuary Programs (NEPs) among others to forgo the “priority resource setting” process that so often bogs down similar efforts. To collate these priorities, we are mining these available plans and databases and classifying the priorities and objectives contained therein by a variety of scales and levels.

Alligator Lake at Bon Secour NWR | USFWS Keenan Adams

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