Wildlife Games

Wildlife Materials

Moving into fall, Sunflowers, Monk's Hood, and Goldenrod take over. Fall is also the peak time for leaf-peepers wishing to set their eyes on mountains set ablaze by the turning of the leaves. Because of the climate in the Smoky Mountains, many non-native plant and animal species thrive, although they are usually found in Asia or Europe. Kudzu, garlic mustard, and mimosa are the most invasive plant species. Two problematic insects are destroying trees and impacting both the ecosystem and scenery: the Hemlock and Balsam Woolly Adelgids. The Balsam Woolly Adelgid is of European origin but the Fraser Fir trees in the Smokies have no defense against it.

Animal Mating

These entities have come together to practice wildlife conservation by developing a wildlife action plan or the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy for each state. Funds are available for wildlife conservation and restoration of 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 of Problems and 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. South Dakota had 90 aquatic and terrestrial wildlife species classified as wildlife species of greatest conservation need (GCN). Of these 90 GCN, 28 are birds, 20 are fish, 10 are reptiles, 10 are mammals, 9 are insects, 4 are snails and 2 are amphibians. Problems or threats to the GCN species populations in South Dakota 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 South Dakota Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy has addressed these problems or threats to the GCN species population with wildlife conservation actions.