Approximately 16 percent (346) of these species are identified as Species in Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) in Minnesota's Wildlife Action Plan because they are rare, their populations are declining, or they face serious threats that may cause them to decline.
The plan's habitat approach focuses on prioritizing conservation for SGCN and other wildlife within a mapped Wildlife Action Network of quality terrestrial and aquatic habitats throughout the state. Large core areas and connections that facilitate species movement will support the biological diversity already present in the network. Targeting conservation within the network will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of actions to reduce the primary causes of population declines.
The plan's species approach focuses on implementing conservation actions that address the causes of decline that are not fully addressed by the habitat approach (such as disease, low dispersal ability). The approach also focuses on acquiring improved data to identify causes of decline or to assess the distribution and abundance of species.