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When the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission began work on a comprehensive wildlife conservation strategy (Nebraska Natural Legacy Project) two and a half years ago, we had to decide on an approach that would ensure we developed the best plan possible. The agency could have drawn only from the expertise of professional biologists, or alternatively sought input from a wide diversity of stakeholders. We decided to utilize both and what resulted was one of the largest collaborative efforts ever undertaken on behalf of wildlife in the state’s history. Sixteen public input meetings, a conservation practitioners workshop, and dozens of meetings with the state’s biological experts and conservation and agricultural leaders has culminated in a proactive conservation plan that is based on the best available science and has a high probability for successful implementation.