Wildlife Center of Texas
These partners include but are not limited to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, The Missouri
Department of Conservation, the Missouri Resource Assessment Partnership, the Missouri Prairie Foundation, Audubon Missouri, Conservation Federation of Missouri, Quail Unlimited, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Ozark Regional Land Trust. Throughout the nation there is an important struggle taking place. This struggle is the fight to save wildlife and the habitat they depend on for survival. There are many partners in this struggle, including the United States Fish and Wildlife Services, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and state
wildlife agencies. Funds are available for conserving and restoring wildlife populations throughout America for each individual state. However, before any state can receive this funding they must have developed a "wildlife action plan" better known as the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy, by October 1, 2005. A wildlife action plan assesses the wildlife and habitat health, identifies any problems the wildlife and habitat face and describes the actions needed to rectify the problems and conserve the wildlife and habitat in question. Congress has identified eight elements that each wildlife action plan is required to have, which will better aid in identifying the plans of action to take and why. These eight elements are: Information on the Distribution and Abundance of Species of Wildlife; Descriptions of Extent and Conditions of Habitats and Community Types; Descriptions o Problems an Priority Research and Survey Efforts; Descriptions of Conservation Actions; Proposed Plans for Monitoring Species Identified and Their Habitats; Description of Procedures to Review the Plan; Plans for Coordinating the Development, Implementation, Review and Revision of the Plan with Federal, State, Local Agencies and Indian Tribes; and Broad Public Participation. Indiana had 140 aquatic and terrestrial wildlife species classified as wildlife species of greatest conservation need (GCN). Of these 140 GCN species, 22 are mammals, 47 are birds, 20 are reptiles, 9 are amphibians, 15 are fish, 24 are mussels, 2 are mollusks and 1 is a lamprey.