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