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New Jersey Wildlife Action Plan Comment Form - Delineating Conservation Focal Areas

Conservation Focal Areas

Conservation Focal Areas represent the second of a two-part approach to identifying threats to New Jersey's Species of Greatest Conservation Need (pdf, 720kb) (SGCN), as well as to develop actions which will address these threats. In addition to identifying "Focal Species" (priority subset of SCGN) specific geographic areas of NJ's landscape are recognized as presenting greater opportunities for effective conservation action. Conservation Focal Areas are where the conservation community can undertake actions to improve the conditions not only of the focal species but of other species relying on the same habitats.

In order to delineate Conservation Focal Areas (CFAs), we employed a data-driven approach for geographically focusing conservation action within New Jersey's Landscape Regions. The method incorporates a broad spectrum of conservation-relevant metrics including landscape condition/ecological integrity, existing conservation infrastructure and wildlife habitats, biodiversity and negative human influences. It emphasizes riparian corridors that serve to connect larger tracts of habitat in an otherwise fragmented landscape. Importantly, CFAs incorporate a regional perspective/context that addresses ecosystems of importance to the Northeast Region that occur in New Jersey.

The identification of Conservation Focal Areas is one of two main components of New Jersey's revision of the State Wildlife Action Plan that aims to identify and address the highest priorities of NJ's fish and wildlife resources. The existing plan's focus will be narrowed by establishing and prioritizing focal species, identifying the areas that provide good conservation opportunities and then target the greatest threats to those species and habitats. Implementable conservation actions will then be linked to those threats, creating a blueprint for conservation of NJ's wildlife.

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