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Introduction to Priority Issues
Discussions and feedback received at meetings and workshops, written comments from species experts and natural resource professionals, and reviews of scientific literature identified six additional issues that are important to Michigan's wildlife, but are not adequately addressed in the landscape feature summaries or SGCN summaries. They generally occur at scales considerably larger than most individual landscape features, ecoregions and lake basins, or are associated with multiple SGCN.
Some of the six topics are not specifically threats; therefore, they were not included within the threats framework outlined in the Threats pages, nor were they evaluated for their importance by natural resource professionals, as were the threats. Other topics were included in the threats framework, but did not meet the criteria as statewide priority threats. All are issues of importance to the conservation of wildlife species and the landscapes they use and were repeatedly identified as such at meetings and workshops and through discussions with species experts and scientific literature reviews. However, due to the scale at which they need to be discussed, these issues are not adequately addressed, if at all, in the landscape feature and SGCN summaries.