The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) will host a series of public scoping meetings to allow citizens to review and provide input on the draft revised Wildlife Action Plan.
The first meeting will be held January 30 at 7 p.m. in Reno at NDOW, 1100 Valley Road. The second meeting will held January 31 at 7 p.m. in Las Vegas at the Nevada Division of Forestry, 4747 Vegas Drive. The last meeting will be held February 6, 2012 at 7 p.m. in Elko at the NDOW Regional Office, 60 Youth Center Rd.
Nevada’s original Wildlife Action Plan was completed and approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in December, 2005. NDOW is coordinating and leading a conservation partner planning team to revise Nevada’s Wildlife Action Plan to incorporate the potential impacts of emerging and expanding stressors including accelerated energy development, invasive species and changing climate on Nevada’s fish, wildlife, and habitats.
NDOW is partnering with the original Wildlife Action Plan team: The Nevada Natural Heritage Program, The Lahontan Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, and The Great Basin Bird Observatory to develop this revision to the plan. This partnership team was awarded a State Lands Question 1 Bond Habitat Conservation Planning grant in order to help fund these efforts.
This planning process is required of each state to continue to receive federal funds through the State Wildlife Grants program.
The draft revised Wildlife Action Plan will be posted on NDOW's website for review by January 25. Following the scoping meetings and comment period, the Wildlife Action Plan will be revised based on feedback received. The final revised plan is expected to be completed and submitted to the USFWS for approval by late spring of 2012.
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