Alabama Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy

We invite your comments on this document and the "next steps" at any time. The CWCS is not a product but a step in a process to facilitate a comprehensive approach to fish and wildlife management. The Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries is anxious to work with conservation partners and constituents to develop the best approaches to ensure long-term conservation and enhancement of Alabama"s unique wildlife heritage.

Please submit your written or electronic comments to:

Traci Wood
Wildlife Diversity Coordinator
Division of Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries
64 North Union Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36130

Email: Traci Wood

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Executive Summary

Table of Contents


Project Need
Background and Approach

Chapter 1. Alabama's Wildlife

Value and Importance of Wildlife
Identifying Species of Greatest Conservation Need
Overview of Alabama's Major Wildlife Groups

Chapter 2. Wildlife Habitat--Alabama's Ecological Framework

Alabama's Landscape
Ecological Systems and Habitats
Identifying Habitats

Chapter 3. Major Statewide Conservation Issues and Threats

Identifying Threats to Alabama's Wildlife and Key Habitats

 Conservation Actions for Specific River Basins of Alabama

Tennessee River Basin
Coosa River Basin
Cahaba River Basin
Black Warrior River Basin
Tombigbee River Basin
Alabama River Basin
Chattahoochee River Basin
Conecuh River Basin
Choctawhatchee River Basin
Tallapoosa River Basin
Yellow River Basin
Mobile River Basin
Escatawpa River Basin
Blackwater River Basin
Perdido River Basin

Sources of Information for Aquatic Habitats
Priority Areas for Conservation
Implementing This Strategy and the Importance of Partnering

Chapter 4. Conservation Actions Proposed
Identifying and Prioritizing Conservation Actions
Statewide Conservation Actions--All Habitats
Statewide Conservation Actions--Terrestrial and Estuarine Habitats
Conservation Actions for Specific Terrestrial and Estuarine Habitats
Dry Hardwood Forest
Mesic Hardwood Forest
Wet Pine Savanna and Flatwoods
Floodplain Forest
Dry Longleaf Pine Forest
Maritime Forest and Coastal Scrub
Bogs and Seepage Communities
Glades and Prairies
Caves and Mines
Isolated Wetland
Artificial Habitats
Beach and Dune
Estuarine and Marine
Cliffs and Rockhouses
Sources of Information For Terrestrial Habitats
Statewide Conservation Actions--Rivers and Streams
Aquatic GCN Species

Chapter 5. CWCS Monitoring, Evaluation, and Adaptive Management

Criteria for Measuring Success
CWCS Plan Review and Revision

Chapter 6. CWCS Coordination

CWCS Organizational Infrastructure
Public and Stakeholder Participation

References Cited

List of Acronyms


Appendix 1-1 Local, State, Regional, and National Resources
Appendix 1-2 Changes from Alabama Wildlife

A.Status and Nomencaltural Changes
B.Crayfishes of Alabama List
C.Blackmouth Shiner Account

Appendix 1-3 Species of Greatest Conservation Need (GCN)
Appendix 1-4 Other Imperiled Invertebrates
Appendix 2-1 Outstanding Alabama Waterway Designations
Appendix 5-1 Existing Plans and Programs
Appendix 6-1 Public Input Plan Per Citizen Participation
Appendix 6-2 Coordination with Partners and Stakeholders