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, they form a nationwide strategy to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered. Details on New York's wildlife action plan and more is available on this page.
New York's Wildlife Action Plan
2005 Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy
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
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.
2015 Update Process
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service require states to revise their wildlife action plans at least every 10 years. DEC and conservation partners are working to update New York's action plan by 2015. The update will allow DEC to integrate new information and leverage more State Wildlife Grants (SWG) funding. The SWAP 2015 timeline (PDF, 90kb) provides more details on the update process.
State Wildlife Grants (SWG) Program
The US 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. To find out how states are financed through the program and more, visit the USFWS State Wildlife Grants (SWG) Program (External Link) 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 (External Link).
More about State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP):
- Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) Plan - New York's existing State Wildlife Action Plan, 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.