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Louisiana had 240 aquatic and terrestrial wildlife species classified as wildlife species of greatest conservation need (GCN). Of these 240 GCN species, 15 are amphibians, 69 are birds, 18 are mammals, 30 are reptiles, 41 are fish, 14 are crawfish, 23 are butterflies and 30 are mussels. Problems or threats to the GCN species populations in Louisiana are commercial and industrial development, landfill construction or operation, dams, road construction, urban development, water diversion, municipal and industrial point source, commercial harvest, conversion of riparian forests, excessive non-commercial harvest or collection, channel maintenance and confined animal operations. Other problems or threats to GCN species are crop production practices, excessive groundwater withdrawal, fire suppression, management of or for certain species, channel alteration, exotic species, parasites, pathogens, recreation, grazing, predation, forestry activities and resource extraction. The Louisiana Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy has addressed these problems or threats to the GCN species population with conservation actions. These actions include decreasing the data gap by gathering more information on GCN species, by fire management with controlled burned, with habitat protection by initiating projects to protect existing habitat or habitat components, with habitat restoration and improvement by initiating projects to restore or enhance existing habitats, with land acquisition by purchasing land or conservation easement that is important to GCN species, with population management by directly manipulating GCN species population by restocking, translocation an harvest management, with public relations and education by increasing public awareness of GCN species and key habitats through education and public outreach, with threat abatement by mitigating existing threats including pollution, predation an competing species and with other conservation action plans that have not been covered previously. Monitoring the CWCS in Louisiana will begin with the employment of existing inventories and surveys, which includes any monitoring done by conservation partners. Monitoring will continue with surveys, remote sensing, satellite imagery, disease and movement monitoring, breeding site survey sampling, DNA and net sampling, herpetological web site, predictive modeling, ground truthing and taxonomic affinities an reclassification. Population, habitat and project-level monitoring are also included in the Louisiana CWCS as well as distribution information, length frequency distributions; community-level monitoring and replication. These performance measures provide information that pertains to conservation actions and provide for revisions to these actions if needed. The conservation action and proposed plans for GCN species and habitat monitoring occurs with help from several partners.

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Monitoring of local government actions to secure habitats and habitat corridors identified as sensitive should occur. State and local agencies water system decisions should be monitored to ensure that sufficient water amounts have been allocated for wildlife needs as well as integrated water plans implemented regionally. The prioritized invasive species status and trends will be monitored. Riparian habitats throughout the state should have priority areas for conservation and restoration mapped. These same areas should be monitored for trends and population status. Goals are to be established for improved wildlife habitat lands and monitoring should occur on acres where improvements for wildlife conditions have occurred. Climate change effects on GCN species and key habitat should be monitored. A survey of grade school students and adults on issues affecting wildlife and natural resource conservation is to be conducted every 5 years. Staff and resources committed to assisting agencies and landowners for thee development and implementation of restoration and conservation plans must be monitored. Habitat quality and quantity around military bases throughout the state must be identified. The conservation action and proposed plans for GCN species and habitat monitoring occurs with help from several partners.