Iowa Wildlife Action Plan - Securing a Future for Fish and Wildlife: A Conservation Legacy for Iowans

First approved in 2006, the Iowa Wildlife Action Plan is a 25-year strategy for conservation of all wildlife in Iowa. The 2015 Update provides a comprehensive review and revision to the plan that incorporates the threat of climate change to wildlife and habitat. Appendix 21 is a summary of a climate change vulnerability assessment for Iowa wildlife, that predicted climate vulnerability for over 300 species in the state.

The report describes Iowa’s ecoregions, historic plant communities, impacts of settlement on these areas, and the state’s history of wildlife conservation. Current natural communities that remain in Iowa are limited to: 0.2% of native prairies, 5% of wetlands, and 37% of  forests. All of the stressors or impacts to wildlife are organized broadly in Table 5- 3: Threat taxonomy for Iowa’s wildlife and habitats.

Projected climate impacts on wildlife are described within the action plan and further in Appendix 21 - Climate Change Vulnerability Report for Species of Conservation Concern in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources developed the climate change vulnerability assessment of 330 species of interest and species of conservation need in Iowa from 2009-2011. Species assessments and climate projections were used along with NatureServe’s Climate Change Vulnerability Index to determine which species may be most affected by climate change by the end of the 21st century.

Of the Iowa species that were assessed, 151 species, or about 45%, were predicted to be vulnerable to climate change (see Table Appendix 21- 1). Overall, the mollusks, amphibians, and reptiles appeared to be the most vulnerable taxa - with 95% of mollusks considered extremely vulnerable.    

Publication Date: 2015

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  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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