Kansas Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan (CWCP)

Wildlife and its habitats are an important component of quality of life for Kansans. KDWP is tasked with managing, enhancing and protecting these natural resources.

For many years, KDWP has utilized PR (Pitman-Robertson Act) and DJ (Dingell-Johnson and Wallop-Breaux Acts) funds, derived from taxes on hunting ammunition and firearms, and fishing tackle, and boating and angling gear to manage those species that are hunted or fished, and to provide for recreation access and educational programs. Funds available through the Endangered Species Act have been used for federally listed species, such as the bald eagle and black-footed ferret.

Most of Kansas' wildlife fall between these categories, and were therefore not eligible for funding. Many of these species have declined dramatically over the past 50 years due to large scale changes in available habitat, and are in need of study and a concerted effort to keep them from becoming rare or endangered.

In 2001, the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program (WCRP) was passed by Congress, in part because of the wide-spread support that had been shown for the failed Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA), led by the Teaming with Wildlife Coalition and the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (IAFWA). (see www.teaming.com) In 2002, similar funds were made available through the State Wildlife Grants Program. Funds from this program can be used for all wildlife, and will enable KDWP to fund necessary studies and projects, to keep rare species from becoming endangered, and to keep common species common. WCRP and State Wildlife Grant appropriations have been made available for Federal Fiscal years 2001-2006. For 2005, Kansas' allotment is $918,842.

As a requirement to be eligible for this program, Congress charged each state and territory with developing a Statewide Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan (CWCP) by October 1, 2005. These plans are to address 8 specific elements (see link at top of page).

Public participation played a large role in the formulation of this plan. KWDP continues to invite any input, questions and comments that you have on Wildlife Conservation.

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