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Species-Specific Management, SSM, is a system for providing information and advice for managing wild animals and plants. Rather than describing community or system level work with wild creatures, it presumes that the landowner or some person has a species of great interest and wants to keep it at present levels of abundance or to change that abundance. Often wildlife management or faunal system management is seen as a way to get more animals (as in game management) but it also includes stabilizing populations as well as decreasing them (such as when they become pests).
Herein, each species is treated as a system. There have to be objectives, the more precise the better. Information is needed. We have attempted to reduce these to the bare minimum, the need-to-know versus the nice-to-know facts and figures. Processes are fairly straight-forward but explained in some cases. Feedback is simplified here and usually means watching the population or its effects to see if the actions taken do what you want them to do. If they do not, then change the tactics, the objectives, seek more information, or evaluate the monitoring procedure itself. Feedforward means to keep an eye on the future and take actions now (or not) to respond to the likely change. For example, don't build a pond for animals if a nearby golf course will build one within a year.
Click on a title to see information amounting to several pages of information about a species (or in some cases a group such as "salamanders" for people who may not desire to select a species).
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