Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Md. revises action plan to protect wildlife


The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says climate change has made life tougher for more than 100 plant and animal species that weren’t in need of such protection before.

Beaver Creek Trout Stream near Hagerstown, Md. (iStock)

As a result, the state is revising its State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) and seeking public comment. If students or student groups would like to comment on the plan, the first six chapters and a few appendices are available now. The entire proposed revised plan should be posted by March 1, the agency said.

DNR can’t respond personally to each comment, but the department will “review each comment and address the concern, as appropriate, in the revised plan.”

“Collaboration in conservation planning is critical for the success of Maryland’s State Wildlife Action Plan,” the comment page reads. “Participation from conservation partners, academic institutions, local governments, and the public is imperative for the SWAP to be effective in implementing projects for the protection and management of Maryland’s wildlife and habitat.”

A great opportunity to have an impact

Maryland’s curriculum for environmental literacy, used by schools in the state, recently won international acclaim as the recipient of one of three policy-level awards from the World Future Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

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