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The Arizona Game and Fish Department (Department) recently revised its State Wildlife Action Plan that provides a framework and information to assist in setting conservation priorities for the state’s wildlife and habitats. Data gathered for Arizona’s State Wildlife Action Plan represents myriad sources and extensive public comment, and is used to support the Department’s efforts to develop proactive conservation goals and objectives. Much of that data (more than 300 data layers) is compiled into a single model of wildlife conservation potential, the Species and Habitat Conservation Guide.
To ensure the State Wildlife Action Plan information is accessible and useful to everyone, the Arizona Game and Fish Department developed HabiMap™ Arizona. This user-friendly, web-based tool allows users to visually explore the distribution of Arizona’s wildlife, potential stressors to wildlife, the Species and Habitat Conservation Guide, and other relevant data.
The Species and Habitat Conservation Guide provides non-regulatory information compiled from the best available data, and is meant to identify Arizona’s wildlife conservation potential at a statewide scale, regardless of ownership. It does not replace or supersede consultation with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. HabiMap™ Arizona is intended to be used as an early planning tool for landscape-level analysis and should be used in concert with all available data and expertise to ensure project plans address wildlife and habitat conservation at all levels. Site-specific analysis will require additional wildlife information and on-the-ground expertise from the Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists. For more information on environmental compliance issues and special status species (including plants), please use the Online Environmental Review Tool at http://www.azgfd.gov/hgis.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department recognizes the need to continually update and refine HabiMap™ Arizona. As new or additional data becomes available to the Department, our team will make appropriate revisions and adaptations to the tool. Likewise, we encourage feedback and questions, which can be submitted through the HabiMap™ Arizona tool or by the firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
Click here to use HabiMap™ Arizona: http://habimap.org/habimap/