Kansas CWCP Updates and Revisions

The Kansas Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan, A Future for Kansas Wildlife, is currently under review for revision and update. The first element was updating of the native species list. The review and finalization of this first portion was completed in July. The next step is soliciting for recommended changes in the Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) listing in the plan.

Also, an important new element of this revision will be the identification of priority areas for actions. By identifying priority Conservation Opportunity Areas (COAs), State Wildlife Grant funds may be most effectively applied to the most pressing issues and Species of Greatest Conservation Need.

The Kansas Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan was prepared in 2005 as a requirement before the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism would be eligible to continue to receive State Wildlife Grants. Scheduled to be updated before its ten year anniversary, efforts are currently underway for this revision. Most sections in the plan will undergo review plus will incorporate climate change vulnerability analyses for most or all Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN.) The first step in the process was the review and update of native species which were evaluated in the original plan. The current revision of this list included an update of the names of species as well as needed corrections and additions from experts for various groups of wildlife. The next step in the plan revision is the nomination of species on this list to receive review by criteria in Appendix 2 of the wildlife plan. Criteria in this process will determine if a species is warranted for listing or change of listing status as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need. This information is being requested through our agency's regular news media releases as well as this web site and through an email to wildlife experts and anyone else requesting notifications. Go to the Species of Greatest Conservation Need Nomination Form below to nominate species for review. The deadline for these nominations is November 1, 2011.

This is the preliminary presentation of Conservation Opportunity Areas by HUC (Hydrological Unit Code) 10s. This is a spatial scale referred to generally as a watershed and between forty to two hundred and fifty thousand acres in size. This scale was chosen for preliminary purposes because of its usage in other arenas of KDWPT and other governmental programs. The names of these watersheds are here. The COAs were determined by first identifying the top three priority terrestrial habitats in each of the three general ecosystems of the wildlife plan. Then, occurrence data of the top three SGCN in each of the general wildlife species groups, i.e. amphibians, reptiles, fish, mammals, birds, were determined for HUC10s. The HUC10s with the highest frequencies of these SGCN are identified as priority watersheds. Refinements in this information will occur and may include considerations for even smaller sizes of HUCs as well as other factors which would logically contribute to setting priorities and, of which, can be converted into spatial data. The presentation of this preliminary map is just a first step in establishing COAs. There will be further updates to this part of the plan revision but if you have any comments on this preliminary presentation, feel free to use the general contact portal on the KDWPT website. The identification of COAs is considered a very important addition to the existing plan and will be very useful in helping to direct conservation dollars and attention. Applications of preliminary mapping have already shown value in assisting landowners with cost share programs for wildlife-related conservation projects through Farm Bill and other programs.