IntroductionTreasure our wildlife.plan to keep them!
South Carolina stands to qualify for millions of federal dollars for wildlife conservation in the future if the state DNR, working with wildlife conservation groups and individuals, develops a detailed plan for the conservation of the state's native wildlife. Under the terms of a special congressional appropriation of funds and subsequent grants to all 50 states, South Carolina has until September 2005 to submit a "Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan."
The state has been awarded more than $3 million in State Wildlife Grants, approved by Congress to supplement traditional license revenues and excise taxes for wildlife conservation. In accepting these grants, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has agreed to prepare, by September 30, 2005, a "comprehensive wildlife conservation plan." The plan is to include information on the "species with the greatest conservation need," an account of "locations and relative condition of key habitats,' and descriptions of the problems faced by these wildlife species and strategies for addressing the problems. These requirements are spelled out in more detail in The Eight Required Elements of the CWCP.
Partnerships formed early among agencies, organizations and businesses with shared conservation goals will play an essential role in the planning process and will ensure coordinated efforts when the plan is implemented. An additional requirement is that the states prepare the plans with extensive public input. The Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development agreed to facilitate an extensive public input process for the DNR as we prepare our plan. Clemson's approach, in cooperation with the DNR, was to hold five focus group meetings, one consisting of stakeholders representing a variety of statewide interests and four in each of the DNR's major regions throughout the state. This was completed in March 2004.
Following the focus group meetings, a series of four public meetings were held around the state, starting in April 2004, to ensure concerned organizations and individuals have input into the plan. Landowners, businesses, people in agriculture and/or forestry, builders and developers, local and state governments, conservation groups and others who care about wildlife in South Carolina had much to add to this process, and much to gain from it. South Carolina's citizens helped identify some of the major issues facing wildlife species and populations in South Carolina and talked about conservation priorities and strategies.
Funding for implementing the plan in future years is included in a nationwide initiative to secure a stable funding base for wildlife conservation, known as CARA (Conservation and Reinvestment Act).
The 2005 Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy files are in the Adobe® Acrobat® (PDF) format. Adobe® Reader® is required to open the files and is available as a free download from the Adobe® Web site.