The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks is continuing its planning effort to address the needs of all fish and wildlife species that spend all or part of their lives in the state.

The effort, called the South Dakota Wildlife Action Plan, was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2006. The document provides a voluntary planning framework to encourage partnerships because no single agency or group can solely fulfill the needs of wildlife and natural areas.

GFP is now revising the Wildlife Action Plan. The agency’s website will serve as the primary tool for sharing information and soliciting feedback. The revision will continue the original plan’s focus on providing diverse habitats as the basis for accommodating fish and wildlife. The revision emphasizes integrated and user-friendly final products with the potential to be of interest to many users.

As part of the revision process and with assistance from species experts, GFP developed a draft list of species that is available for online viewing and comment at: http://gfp.sd.gov/wildlife/management/plans/species-list.aspx.

The link connects to the draft species list, lists criteria and provides a comment form. The comment opportunity is not an opinion survey, but a request for factual input on the draft species list for the revised South Dakota Wildlife Action Plan.

GFP will accept comments on the draft list of species until Sept. 17, 2012.

To request a paper copy of the material, please contact Sandy Hoerner by email sandy.hoerner@state.sd.us or U.S. postal mail: Sandy Hoerner, SD Game, Fish and Parks, 523 E. Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD, 57501.

The plan revision website may be visited regularly for updates on the planning process and for additional opportunities to provide input.

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