The goal of responsible planning for wildlife at the landscape or community scale is to balance the growth, diversity, and mobility of Arizona’s human population with the sustainability, diversity, and mobility of Arizona’s wildlife populations. The Arizona Game and Fish Department has assembled wildlife conservation data, maps, tools, and other information here to help inform and guide project planners in a manner that maintains the quality of Arizona’s landscapes and minimizes negative impacts to wildlife and wildlife habitat.
Smart growth today helps ensure that Arizona communities will continue to enjoy and economically benefit from wildlife-related recreation for future generations.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department developed HabiMap™ Arizona - a user-friendly, web-based data viewer - to make information contained within the State Wildlife Action Plan available to anyone interested in Arizona's wildlife. HabiMap™ Arizona puts wildlife data at your fingertips for early planning. Use HabiMap™ Arizona to visually explore the distribution of wildlife in Arizona, potential stressors to wildlife, and other relevant data at a statewide scale.
As Arizona’s human population expands into previously undeveloped areas, the wildlife that call those places home have to travel through new communities and developments and cross roads and canals to reach the resources they need to survive. Information on concepts behind wildlife connectivity and the efforts currently underway in Arizona to keep our landscapes connected are available here.
Online Environmental Review Tool The Online Environmental Review tool provides information on known locations and status of Arizona's special status plant and wildlife species, and provides information and guideline links for incorporating wildlife conservation into project planning. This information can be used to guide preliminary decisions and assessments of proposed land and water development, management, and conservation projects. This tool provides a special status species list for Phase I Environmental Compliance and NEPA documents.
Central Arizona Grasslands Conservation Strategy The Central Arizona Grasslands Conservation Strategy (CAGCS) was
originally created in 2010 and was revised in 2014 by an interagency team of cooperators, including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Prescott National Forest, Tonto National Forest, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Arizona Game and Fish Department. This is and integrated management strategy for conservation and restoration of grassland ecosystems and associated pronghorn populations in central Arizona. The document can be downloaded from the link above and more information can be found here: http://centralazgrassland.tumblr.com/.
Wildlife Action Plan for Arizona
This State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) is Arizona’s part of a nationwide mandate by Congress to be proactive and help conserve wildlife and natural areas before they become rare and more costly to protect. Arizona’s plan is currently under revision and will be made available at the above link when completed. The SWAP is intended to support conservation efforts that preclude the need to list species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by "keeping common species common" and addresses a wide variety of constituency concerns for wildlife and habitat conservation.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has developed guideline documents that include recommendations for incorporating wildlife conservation into project planning to help accommodate fish and wildlife movement and passage. Guidelines created to date include wildlife-friendly planning, as well as specific guidelines for species, fencing, wind and solar energy development, conservation easements, and bridges and culverts.