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Table 3.
The elements that should be included in the final written management plan. The plan is evaluated out of 100 points. Considerations for evaluation and grading are presented.
Element for EvaluationPoints AllocatedConsiderations for Grading
Question Does the management plan have a clear title?
Is the central question clear stated? 
Introduction 10 Does the group provide an adequate introduction to the issues they are addressing?
What are the major conservation and wildlife management issues involved?
Have the stakeholders been identified; that is, who will the management plan affect? 
Conservation
Implications 
20 What species and/or ecosystems will be impacted if we leave the situation in the “business as usual” scenario, that is, do nothing?
How will humans be ultimately affected if we lose the species/ecosystems involved or if the system becomes severely degraded?
Does the group address the role of the species in the ecosystem?
Does the group address ecosystem services?
Does the group address the extrinsic/intrinsic value of nature? 
Central Management Plan 30 Is the plan broken down into subsections that can be easily followed, and does the flow of the plan make logical sense?
Based on research, what are general solutions/methods of cooperation that address the conservation/wildlife management issue?
How will the plan be executed? Who will be involved?
What is the approximate cost of implementing the plan, and who will pay for implementing the plan?
Does the plan involve and address the potential concerns of the relevant stakeholders (e.g., politicians, economists, blue-collar workers)?
*Additional Option: Students may also include ideas for conservation outreach and how this outreach relates to the goals of their plan. Students should recommend methods to measure the success of these outreach programs (this can be considered part of the evaluation section). 
Evaluation 20 How will the project group assess the progress and success of their proposed plan? What research and data will need to be collected?
How will elements of adaptive management be utilized (Walters & Hilborn, 1978)?
Note: Students are encouraged to consult “The Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (http://cmp-openstandards.org) in their discussion of adaptive management.
How would the group change the plan if your expected results do not come to fruition? (Each group should provide a theoretical example.) 
General Conclusion 10 Has the group provided a concise synopsis of the above elements? 
Literature Cited Has the group presented at least 15–20 sources from the primary literature?
Are the sources cited correctly (following the format of the journal Conservation Biology)? 
Element for EvaluationPoints AllocatedConsiderations for Grading
Question Does the management plan have a clear title?
Is the central question clear stated? 
Introduction 10 Does the group provide an adequate introduction to the issues they are addressing?
What are the major conservation and wildlife management issues involved?
Have the stakeholders been identified; that is, who will the management plan affect? 
Conservation
Implications 
20 What species and/or ecosystems will be impacted if we leave the situation in the “business as usual” scenario, that is, do nothing?
How will humans be ultimately affected if we lose the species/ecosystems involved or if the system becomes severely degraded?
Does the group address the role of the species in the ecosystem?
Does the group address ecosystem services?
Does the group address the extrinsic/intrinsic value of nature? 
Central Management Plan 30 Is the plan broken down into subsections that can be easily followed, and does the flow of the plan make logical sense?
Based on research, what are general solutions/methods of cooperation that address the conservation/wildlife management issue?
How will the plan be executed? Who will be involved?
What is the approximate cost of implementing the plan, and who will pay for implementing the plan?
Does the plan involve and address the potential concerns of the relevant stakeholders (e.g., politicians, economists, blue-collar workers)?
*Additional Option: Students may also include ideas for conservation outreach and how this outreach relates to the goals of their plan. Students should recommend methods to measure the success of these outreach programs (this can be considered part of the evaluation section). 
Evaluation 20 How will the project group assess the progress and success of their proposed plan? What research and data will need to be collected?
How will elements of adaptive management be utilized (Walters & Hilborn, 1978)?
Note: Students are encouraged to consult “The Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (http://cmp-openstandards.org) in their discussion of adaptive management.
How would the group change the plan if your expected results do not come to fruition? (Each group should provide a theoretical example.) 
General Conclusion 10 Has the group provided a concise synopsis of the above elements? 
Literature Cited Has the group presented at least 15–20 sources from the primary literature?
Are the sources cited correctly (following the format of the journal Conservation Biology)? 
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