Introduction

The Spruce Grouse Continental Conservation Plan (Plan) has been developed under the auspices of the Resident Game Bird Working Group of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, the Wildlife Management Institute and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The development of the Plan is part of a continuing effort to establish species-specific or species-group-specific conservation strategies to guide resource planning and on-the-ground habitat management initiatives.

The Plan utilizes the North American Bird Conservation Initiative’s bird conservation regions (BCRs) as the geographic assessment unit to ensure consistency with other planning efforts that focus on avian species. BCR boundaries may be viewed at www.nabci-us.org/bcrs.html.

Assessments are provided for the BCRs which represent the core of spruce grouse range in the U. S. and Canada. The primary objectives of the Plan are to provide a rangewide estimate of population and habitat and to assemble current assessments of threats, management recommendations and research needs.

The plan can be downloaded here.