Project Evaluation Program Tools

Responsible and informed growth today helps ensure Arizona communities continue to enjoy and economically benefit from wildlife-related recreation.

Project evaluation

The Project Evaluation Program (PEP) provides policy, technical assistance, and environmental law compliance guidance and oversight, and coordinates the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s review of internal and external policies, plans, and projects affecting fish and wildlife resources in Arizona. Submit project evaluation requests to
Request form: Project Evaluation Request

wildlife mapping tools

Arizona’s Online Environmental Review Tool
This tool provides a special status species list for Phase I Environmental Compliance and NEPA documents, and provides information and guideline links for incorporating wildlife conservation into project planning. This information can be used to guide preliminary decisions and assessments of proposed land and water development, management, and conservation projects.

imap invasives arizona

An online GIS-based database and mapping tool that serves as Arizona’s main repository for invasive species location information. iMapInvasives is designed to allow citizen scientists and professionals to quickly and easily report invasive species information. The centralized invasive species data management system enables real-time tracking of infestations and improves management decisions to protect native species and ecosystems.

wildlife planning tools

Wildlife friendly guidelines

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has developed guideline documents and Best Management Practices (BMP), that include recommendations for incorporating wildlife conservation into project planning. Guidelines created to date can be found here.

Wildlife and habitat connectivity

As Arizona’s human population expands into previously undeveloped areas, the wildlife that call those places home have to travel through new communities and developments and cross roads and canals to reach the resources they need to survive. Information on concepts behind wildlife connectivity and the efforts currently underway in Arizona to keep our landscapes connected are available here.

State Wildlife Action Plan

This State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) is a nationwide mandate by Congress to be proactive and help conserve wildlife and natural areas before they become rare and more costly to protect. The SWAP is intended to support conservation efforts that preclude the need to list species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by “keeping common species common” and addresses a wide variety of constituency concerns for wildlife and habitat conservation.

Central Arizona grasslands conservation strategy

The Central Arizona Grasslands Conservation Strategy (CAGCS) was originally created in 2010 and was revised in 2014 by an interagency team of cooperators, including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Prescott National Forest, Tonto National Forest, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Arizona Game and Fish Department. This is an integrated management strategy for conservation and restoration of grassland ecosystems and associated pronghorn populations in central Arizona.

Arizona’s Natural Heritage Program

Heritage Data Management System (HDMS). HDMS is part of a global network of more than 80 natural heritage programs and conservation data centers. It provides species, abstracts, species lists by county and more.

Want to Get Involved with Wildlife Conservation?

Volunteer your time, or donate to help us with conserving and protecting our wildlife. When you purchase a hunting or fishing license online, resources go back into wildlife conservation.

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With your help, we can continue to conserve & protect Arizona’s wildlife.


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If you have a passion for wildlife and want to help us conserve and protect it, we’d love to have you on our team!

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