Your Input Welcome on Waterfowl Management Plan

NAWMP logoThe revised North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) is now available for review and comment at www.nawmprevision.org. Comments will be accepted at this website through September 26, 2011. This NAWMP Revision will benefit and help guide the entire waterfowl management community well into the future. Your review of, and comments on, the draft NAWMP Revision would be most welcome as the waterfowl management community seeks to finalize the Plan and its vision for the future of waterfowl management and conservation.

The NAWMP Plan Committee is seeking input on all aspects of the revision document. They are particularly interested in your thoughts about these elements:

1. The greatest challenges facing waterfowl management in the next decade.
2. The appropriateness and relative importance of the three goals.
3. The most important, measurable objectives that would serve to accomplish the stated goals, and how to develop these.
4. The nature of useful objectives related to recruiting and retaining waterfowl hunters.
5. The means to engage a broader constituency (i.e. beyond hunters) in the cause of waterfowl conservation.
6. The concept of integrated waterfowl management and the greatest challenges/benefits likely associated with integration.
7. Strategies that would make waterfowl management more efficient, effective and responsive.
8. The necessity of changing or adapting our current institutions in order to implement the new NAWMP and the nature of the changes that may be warranted.
9. The sufficiency of proposed recommendations and action steps to move this plan forward

At the conclusion of the review period, the NAWMP Revision Steering Committee (RSC) will consider the input received and work with the writing team to develop a second draft. Following a final review by the RSC and NAWMP Committee (the international body that oversees development and implementation of the NAWMP), the NAWMP Revision will be finalized and released by mid-March 2012.

The draft NAWMP Revision differs from the original NAWMP by considering, in a more comprehensive way, the entire waterfowl management enterprise. It also proposes new goals for waterfowl management, one of which explicitly addresses hunters and other users of the resource. That goal emerged out of widespread concern over the loss of waterfowl hunters as well as the need to build a larger base of support for waterfowl conservation.

What readers will notice most is a challenge to start changing the way waterfowl managers do business, specifically with regards to integrating the various streams of waterfowl management under a single, coherent framework. More fully integrating habitat and harvest management and developing explicit goals for recreational use will allow the waterfowl management community to become more effective and efficient, as well as position the enterprise to be more responsive to change. This Revision focuses on this opportunity at a strategic level. The next step is to develop an Action Plan that provides a clear, tactical roadmap for designing and implementing an integrated system. The Action Plan will be challenging, and is currently a work in progress.

You may submit comments on the draft Revision in several ways:

- Use the Web Form located at the “Comment on the Draft” tab at www.nawmprevision.org.
- Upload your comment document at the bottom of the web form.
- Email comments to info@nawmprevision.org.
- Mail comments to the USFWS Division of Bird Habitat Conservation, 4401 North Fairfax Drive MS4075, Arlington, VA 22203, Attn: NAWMP Revision Comments.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Your input on the draft is very important to the ultimate success of the Revision. Thank you for taking the time to review the document and submit your comments.

Download the Federal Register announcement.