In 2009, the Alaska Natural Heritage Program and ADF&G Threatened Endangered and Diversity Program entered into a partnership to help implement Alaska’s Wildlife Action Plan to better address conservation needs in the state. The missions of the Alaska Natural Heritage Program and the ADF&G Threatened Endangered and Diversity Program overlap extensively in their respective efforts to conserve wildlife, fish, and habitats in Alaska. The CO-OP Unit is focused on numerous projects including:
- Developing a logical, consistent, and transparent ranking system (Alaska Species Ranking System) to enable prioritization of conservation efforts towards species of greatest conservation need.
- Updating and maintaining the Alaska Natural Heritage Program’s conservation database (Biotics) by continuing to refine and develop range maps and Element Occurrences for high ranking species, and developing web-based data delivery products to ensure information is easily searchable and available to resource managers, researchers, decision makers, and the public.
- Conducting inventories for rare and data deficient animal species throughout Alaska.
- Developing a spatial layer of endemic animal taxa for Alaska.
- Developing and updating landcover maps for the state of Alaska.
- Developing maps and descriptions for habitats and ecological processes that support Alaska’s rarest and most threatened species.