State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP)
An Approach to Conserve At-Risk Fish and Wildlife Species
A wildlife action plan serves as a state's guiding document for managing and conserving species and habitats before they become too rare or costly to restore. Congress charged states and territories to develop a State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) in 2002. Collectively, these plans assess the health of a state's wildlife and habitats, identify the problems they face and outline the actions that are needed to conserve them over the long term. Details on New York's wildlife action plan and more are available on this page.
New York's Wildlife Action Plan
Visit the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) Project Highlights
web page to explore what DEC is doing to conserve
New York's vulnerable fish and wildlife species.
~Photo Credit: USFWS
2015 Plan Update
Draft 2015 New York State Wildlife Action Plan Available for Public Comment
Review the draft plan below and submit comments to DEC by e-mail: SWAPcomments@dec.ny.gov. Comments will be accepted through Friday, July 17.
Public information meetings will be held statewide during June to review the draft SWAP. For a schedule of the locations and times, view DEC's public meetings calendar.
- Draft 2015 New York State Wildlife Action Plan (PDF) (2.84 MB)
- The links below are available for downloading or viewing smaller sections of the full document.
- Introduction to Species Categorization (PDF) (357 KB)
- Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) High Priority - Part 1 (PDF) (4.7 MB)
- SGCN High Priority - Part 2 (PDF) (3 MB)
- SGCN High Priority - Part 3 (PDF) (3.6 MB)
- SGCN - Part 1 (PDF) (3.3 MB)
- SGCN - Part 2 (PDF) (3.6 MB)
- SGCN - Part 3 (PDF) (5.7 MB)
- Species of Potential Conservation Need (SPCN) (PDF) (5.1 MB)
- Process for Evaluating SGCN in New York (PDF) (244 KB)
- Extent and Condition of Habitats for New York's SGCN Volume I: Terrestrial (PDF) (2.8 MB)
- Extent and Condition of Habitats for New York's SGCN Volume II: Aquatic (PDF) (4.9 MB)
- Extent and Condition of Habitats for New York's SGCN Volume III: Marine (PDF) (1.9 MB)
For the 2015 update, DEC staff and conservation partners have completed assessments for 597 species, consolidating information on life history, conservation status, population trends, and threats to these species. This information was used to revise the Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) list.
2005 Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy
New York's current State Wildlife Action Plan provides a framework for conserving and managing 537 "Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN)" and the habitats they depend on for survival. The full report can be found on the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) Plan web page.
State Wildlife Grants (SWG) Program
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) State Wildlife Grants (SWG) Program initiated by Congress in 2001 provides states with federal funding to implement projects identified in state wildlife action plans. USFWS requires states to revise their wildlife action plans at least every 10 years in order to remain eligible for State Wildlife Grants (SWG) funding.
To find out how states are financed through the program and more, visit the USFWS State Wildlife Grants (SWG) Program (Link leaves DEC website.)
Get Involved: Join Teaming with Wildlife
Join the Teaming with Wildlife coalition of nearly 6,500 state fish and wildlife agencies, conservationist organizations, nature-based businesses, hunters, anglers, bird watchers, hikers, wildlife biologists and more to support the goal of restoring and conserving our nation's wildlife. Teaming with Wildlife is the chief advocate for gaining Congressional support of the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) Program and implementation of the state wildlife action plans. To learn more and join today, visit the Teaming with Wildlife website (Link leaves DEC website.)
More about State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP):
- Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) - State Wildlife Grants - Species of Greatest Conservation Need
- Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) Plan - New York's existing State Wildlife Action Plan completed in 2005, which provides guidance on managing and conserving species of greatest conservation need.
- State Wildlife Grants Project Highlights - Brief descriptions of DEC projects aimed to conserve species of greatest conservation need and their habitats as addressed in the State Wildlife Action Plan. Each project is supported by federal funds through the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program.