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Table 1.
The elements that should be included in the initial proposal of the management plan. Considerations for evaluation are also presented. The proposal is evaluated out of 50 possible points.
Element to be EvaluatedPoints AllocatedConsiderations for Grading
1. The question 5 Is the question being addressed realistic?
Is it a modern topic in conservation biology and wildlife management? 
2. Introduction 10 Have the students provided adequate background information to the issue?
Have they integrated research and citations? 
3. The stakes 5 Who does the management plan impact?
Have the students moved beyond the realm of thinking strictly about biology (e.g., to considerations of the effects on people, the economy, and politics)? 
4. Ethical issues 5 Have the students adequately addressed the ethical issues that are related to their proposed plan?
Who may be impacted? 
5. Species, Ecosystems 5 What species and ecosystems are impacted by the management plan?
What ecosystem services are provided by these species and ecosystems?
Are the species and/or ecosystems endangered (e.g., on the IUCN Red List)? 
6. Initial management plan 15 What are the core pieces of the management plan? (An outline should be presented.)
What initial suggestions are put forth to attain maximum cooperation among multiple stakeholders? 
7. Research 5 Have the students cited at least 5 to 10 sources related to their initial ideas? Students should hand in a hard copy of their current citation list. 
Element to be EvaluatedPoints AllocatedConsiderations for Grading
1. The question 5 Is the question being addressed realistic?
Is it a modern topic in conservation biology and wildlife management? 
2. Introduction 10 Have the students provided adequate background information to the issue?
Have they integrated research and citations? 
3. The stakes 5 Who does the management plan impact?
Have the students moved beyond the realm of thinking strictly about biology (e.g., to considerations of the effects on people, the economy, and politics)? 
4. Ethical issues 5 Have the students adequately addressed the ethical issues that are related to their proposed plan?
Who may be impacted? 
5. Species, Ecosystems 5 What species and ecosystems are impacted by the management plan?
What ecosystem services are provided by these species and ecosystems?
Are the species and/or ecosystems endangered (e.g., on the IUCN Red List)? 
6. Initial management plan 15 What are the core pieces of the management plan? (An outline should be presented.)
What initial suggestions are put forth to attain maximum cooperation among multiple stakeholders? 
7. Research 5 Have the students cited at least 5 to 10 sources related to their initial ideas? Students should hand in a hard copy of their current citation list. 
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