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					Iowa Wildlife Action Plan
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What is a wildlife action plan?
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                                                       Iowa’s Wildlife Action Plan consti-            We eagerly anticipate
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                                                                                                       Iowa Wildlife Action Plan     1
                                   thorough screening process. It also aims                  to near-disappearance include Greater
                                   to “keep common species common.” The                      prairie-chicken, regal fritillary (butter-
                                   plan presents six visions for the future of               fly), Franklin’s ground squirrel and Iowa
                                   Iowa’s wildlife, with goals and multiple                  Pleistocene snail.
                                   management strategies for each. Funding
                                   availability will determine which visions                 For wetland/riverine wildlife and
                                   are implemented.                                          habitat, 4 “high” and 10 “moder-
                                                                                             ate” stresses and conservation issues
                                                                                             surfaced. Top concerns include runoff,
                                                      Primary challenges                     invasive species and loss of streamside/
                                                      to conserving                          lakeside vegetation. Intensive agricul-
                                                      wildlife in Iowa                       ture and suburban developments allow
                                                                                             runoff into the state’s waters. This adds
                                                      Iowa’s action plan identi-             excessive loads of silt and nutrients,
                                                      fies 4 statewide “high”                 and accompanying oxygen depletion,
                                                      and 8 “moderate” conser-               degrading aquatic habitats. Crawfish
                                                      vation issues and stresses             frog, slimy sculpin, Higgins’ eye pearly-
                                          Bobcat/IDNR
                                                      to land-based wildlife and             mussel and spangled skimmer (dragon-
                                                      habitats. Habitat absence,             fly) all are species in trouble.
                                   fragmentation, isolation and
                                   overgrazing top the priority list.
                                   Habitat loss and fragmenta-
                                   tion reduce or eliminate critical
                                   wildlife across vast portions of
                                   Iowa. Agriculture has been the
                                   greatest historical cause, but
                                   surburban sprawl, road develop-
      “The Iowa DNR has            ment, stream channelization and
     done a wonderful job          other human intrusions have ac-
    of including its conser-       celerated habitat losses in recent
                                   years. Species that have declined
     vation partners in the
      crafting of the Iowa                                                                        DNR Director Jeff Vonk unveiling new wildlife license plates/IDNR


     Wildlife Action Plan.          Wildlife                   Total number of          Species of                           Threatened/endangered
    We truly hope that the                                     species                  conservation concern*

      State Wildlife Grant          Breeding birds                               206                                 67                                         10

    programs will catalyze          Migratory birds                              199                                 18                                           1
                                    Mammals                                        88                                18                                           6
       non-game wildlife
                                    Fish                                         153                                 68                                         17
     conservation in Iowa
                                    Reptiles & amphibians                          71                                31                                         19
     in the same way that
                                    Freshwater mussels                             55                                29                                         14
     other great conserva-
                                    Land snails                                   8**                                  8                                          8
       tion programs like
                                    Butterflies                                   113                                 30                                           7
    Pittman Robertson and
                                    Dragonflies &                                 106                                 28                                        ***
      Wallup-Breaux have            damselflies
    done for huntable and           Totals                                     999                                297                                          80
        fishable wildlife.”          *Each state is using its own criteria for this category. Iowa focuses on those wildlife species that are
         –Leslee Spraggins,         declining, are legally threatened or endangered, or for which there is insufficient information to determine
           State Director,          their status.
      The Nature Conservancy        **Only T&E species of snails are included in the Iowa plan, due to insufficient information on Iowa’s snails.
               in Iowa              ***No T&E status yet determined for Iowa dragonflies and damselflies.

                                   Wildlife highlights



2      Iowa Wildlife Action Plan
Highlight                                                     Issue            Action (examples)
habitats                   Wildlife (examples)                (examples)
Prairie/                   • Greater prairie-                 • Habitat        • Create expansive grassland landscapes of 2,000
grasslands                 chicken                            fragmentation    acres or more around a core of public land, to benefit
                           • Smooth green                     • Woody          grassland wildlife with great spatial needs.
Ownership:                 snake                              encroachment     • Remove invading trees and shrubs, use burning,
Mix of public                                                                  mowing and rotational grazing as primary
and private lands          • Franklin’s ground
                           squirrel                                            management tools.

Forest                     • Veery                            • Housing        • Work with city and county governments to promote
                           • Southern flying                   development      rural zoning and “smart growth” developments that
Ownership:                 squirrel                                            reduce forest fragmentation.
                                                              • Clearcutting
Mix of public
                                                                               • Provide technical guidance to professional foresters,
and private lands                                                              and technical/financial assistance to private forest
                                                                               landowners, to reduce size and scope of clearcuts.

Backwater                  • Least bittern                    • Siltation      • Establish buffer strips of grasses, trees and shrubs
wetland                                                                        along banks, by working with adjacent landowners
                           • Topeka shiner                    • Loss of        and utilizing federal farm program conservation
Ownership:                 • Blanding’s turtle                riparian         practices.
Mix of public                                                 (waterside)
                                                              vegetation       • Fence shorelines to exclude livestock.
and private lands

Recommended actions to conserve Iowa’s wildlife




     Researchers measuring grassland songbird nesting cover/IDNR




 Working together for
 Iowa’s wildlife
 The Iowa Department of Natural Re-
 sources invited more than 100 conser-
 vation partners to help create visions
 and strategies for Iowa’s plan. Partners
 from wide-ranging interest groups par-
 ticipated, including The Nature Con-
 servancy, Pheasants Forever, Iowa Farm                                               Native prarie wildflower production plots/IDNR

 Bureau Federation, Iowa Association of




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                                                                Boone River critical habitat for rare fish and forest birds/IDNR
       “The Iowa Wildlife
      Action Plan is about
      so much more than
      wildlife. By protect-
       ing and managing
     Iowa’s wildlife, we’re
      protecting our natu-
       ral landscapes, our
      water quality, recre-
       ation, tourism and
     our state’s very iden-         County Conservation Boards, Iowa De-                                                          meeting assembled 59 statewide inter-
    tity. It’s an investment        partment of Transportation, Morningside                                                       est groups to recommend conservation
       in our future—for            College, Safari Club international, Iowa                                                      priorities and strategies. Individualized
                                    Audubon, National Park Service and                                                            presentations at locations throughout the
      all species, common           the Iowa Prairie Network. A day-long                                                          state also reached many organizations.
    and rare, wildlife and
       human—for all of
               Iowa.”
    –Mark C. Ackelson, President,
      Iowa Natural Heritage
            Foundation




                                                                                                                                                 Gladys Black Eagle Refuge dedication/IDNR




                                    Red rock eagle roost/IDNR




                                    Assn. of Fish & Wildlife Agencies                                                             State Contact
                                    David Chadwick                                                                                Douglas C. Harr
                                    Wildlife Diversity Associate                                                                  Wildlife Diversity Program Coordinator
                                    444 North Capitol St., NW,                                                                    Iowa Department of Natural Resources
                                    Suite 725                                                                                     Wildlife Bureau
                                    Washington D.C., 20001                                                                        Walace State Office Building
                                    Tel: 202.624.7890                                                                             Des Moines, IA 50319
                                    chadwick@fishwildlife.org                                                                      Tel: 515.281.4815
                                    www.teaming.com • www.fishwildlife.org                                                         doug.harr@dnr.state.ia.us
                                                                                                                                  www.iowadnr.com




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