Altamaha Riverkeeper News

Wildlife plan seeks ‘less conflict with nature’

Dozens of scientists in and out of government, businesses and advocacy organizations were in on a two-year drafting process to update the State Wildlife Action Plan first enacted 10 years ago. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requires each state to update plans every decade in order to receive federal grants that pay the majority of the conservation efforts when states or donors supply matching funds.

Participants say this year’s plan is different from the 2005 version in many ways.

The state’s list of protected species went from 619 to 641 in the 10 years since the last plan was adopted.

The changes aren’t just additions. There are fewer plants, reptiles, mollusks and amphibians but 83 more land-based arthropods and two more mammals on the new list.

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