Virginia Wildlife Action Plan
Working Together for Virginia's Wildlife
Many conservation actions were determined to address the threats facing Virginia's wildlife and their habitats. For example, many SGCN species depend on barrier islands of coastal Virginia for habitat, and this habitat is threatened by introduced predators and recreational uses. Recommended actions to conserve barrier island habitat includes: removing introduced predators, particularly foxes and raccoons, on public and privately owned lands as necessary; and working with partners and local communities to provide increased outreach to beach users on the need to minimize impacts to that habitat. For all of the conservation actions recommended in the Plan, effective implementation of them will require coordinated efforts by many different natural resource agencies, levels of government, conservation organizations, private industry, and the general public.
Monitoring efforts are important next steps to ensure the successful implementation of conservation actions. These efforts include monitoring the following:
- Success or effectiveness of the Plan's implementation
- Status of populations of SGCN and of their habitats
- Performance of basic recommended research