This document represents a strategy rather than a detailed plan to guide the process of preserving the state’s fish and wildlife resources for the foreseeable future. This document is not a compilation of specific management plans for all the species of fish and wildlife at risk in North Dakota. There is simply not the knowledge at this point or the time to compile such a document. This document is also not an implementation plan but rather a strategic vision with the goal of preserving the state’s wildlife diversity. North Dakota’s CWCS is intended to identify species of greatest conservation need, provide fundamental background information, strategic guidance, and most importantly, a framework for developing and coordinated conservation actions involving partners to safeguard all fish and wildlife resources. NOTE: A NEW VERSION OF THIS PLAN WAS RELEASED IN 2015.