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2015 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan
Taking Action for Pennsylvania's Species of Greatest Conservation Need and their Habitats
In the end, the 2015-2025 State Wildlife Action Plan is a declaration -- an affirmation that each of these wild creatures is an important part of a vivid, vibrant Penn's Woods, and the birthright of every Pennsylvanian.
- Scott Weidensaul, Wildlife Action Plan Foreword
What is the State Wildlife Action Plan? Recently updated from the first version published in 2005, the 2015 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan is a non-regulatory, proactive conservation blueprint to prevent Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) from requiring federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. This approach helps reduce the costs of fish and wildlife management by decreasing expensive recoveries of species in need of critical care. Pennsylvania's natural resources are the foundation of our state's beauty and cultural heritage, and the Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan provides the framework to secure these resources for future generations.
A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-approved Wildlife Action Plan maintains Pennsylvania's eligibility for federal State & Tribal Wildlife Grants funding - the nation's core program to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered. These funds help implement conservation actions recommended in the Plan.
What is in the Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan?
List of Species of Greatest Conservation Need (Appendix 1.3)
Extent and condition of habitats where these species are found (Chapter 2 & Appendix 2.1)
Environmental threats to these species (Chapter 1, Appendix 1.1, Appendix 1.4; Chapter 3)
Conservation actions needed recover and protect these species (Chapter 1, Appendix 1.4; Chapter 4)
Monitoring needed for species, habitats, and conservation actions (Appendix 1.4; Chapter 5 & Appendix 5.1)
Plans to revise the Plan by 2025 (Chapter 6)
Partner and public participation in Plan development and implementation (Chapters 7 & 8)
Who should use the State Wildlife Action Plan? Everyone! This is a Plan for anyone wishing to assist with Pennsylvania fish & wildlife conservation. See Get Involved! Take Action! in Chapter 4.