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Katy Reeder, Best Practices for State Wildlife Action Plans

Katy Reeder, Best Practices for State Wildlife Action Plans

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  • 1. BEST PRACTICES FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION Best Practices for State Wildlife Action Plans
  • 2. Required Element #8 Public Participation Each State’s provisions to provide the necessary public participation in the development, revision, and implementation of its Strategy.
  • 3. Best Practice (1 of 8) Define objectives for public involvement processes  Let objectives drive the technique used Inform? Inform and Gather Feedback?
  • 4. Best Practice (2 of 8) Follow your state’s public notification and comment period processes. SOUNDS OBVIOUS, DULL, HOWEVER…. Is the goal to institutionalize the Wildlife Action Plan? If yes, then integrate Plan processes into normal business.
  • 5. Best Practice (3 of 8) “Go Chicago-Style” with notification Do it EARLY and OFTEN!  Notify the public of the intent to revise SWAP early in the process and allow ample time to review and comment on the draft plan before it is submitted.
  • 6. Best Practice (4 of 8) Develop a public input process that  Identifies key constituent groups  Identifies involvement goals appropriate to each audience  Defines involvement strategies to effectively get information to, and gather feedback from affected groups Deliberately reach out to stakeholders
  • 7. Best Practice (5 of 8) Document public input processes used within the Wildlife Action Plan Sounds like a yawn Brings sunlight to the process, saving you future headaches BUT…
  • 8. Best Practice (6 of 8) File and archive all comments received as well as actions taken with regard to each comment. OK, this will be a yawn. Sometimes important steps are just not sexy at all.
  • 9. Best Practice (7 of 8) Scale the level of public input process to the type of revision (comprehensive, major, minor) Example minor: Updating the scientific names to reflect current taxonomic understanding. Example major: Changing criteria for determining SGCN list Comprehensive: Full review and revision
  • 10. Best Practice (8 of 8) Link the plan to established community values and use direct, honest language
  • 11. Resources Institute for Participatory Management and Planning (the Bleikers) http://www.ipmp.com/ International Association for Public Participation http://www.iap2.org/index.cfm
  • 12. Embrace the Opportunity
  • 13. PUBLIC SUPPORTS WILDLIFE CONSERVATION