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.

Topic (Chapter) Contents
Executive Summary Overview of the 2015 Plan
Introduction Table of Contents, Acknowledgments, Executive Summary, Foreword, Agency Authorities, Review of 2005 Plan
Species (1) Species of Greatest Conservation Need selection, prioritization, threats and conservation action summary
Appendices 1.1 & 1.2 Species conservation status assessment reports; flowchart and guidance
Appendix 1.3 Species of Greatest Conservation Need list and prioritization
Appendix 1.4 Species Accounts - detailed summaries of species' status, threats, actions, surveys, monitoring and research
Birds Amphibians Fishes
Mammals Reptiles Mussels (Federal or state listed only)
HABITATS (2) Habitat extent and condition
Appendices 2.1 & 2.2 Habitat descriptions and condition, species associations, relationships between 2015 and 2005 habitat types
THREATS (3) Environmental threats to species and habitats
CONSERVATION ACTIONS (4) Conservation actions for addressing threats
MONITORING (5) Approaches for monitoring species, habitats, and Plan implementation
REVISION (6) Process for review and revision of the Plan in the next 10 years
PARTNERSHIPS (7) Agencies and organizations involved in Plan revision
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (8) Review of public involvement in Plan revision and implementation
LITERATURE CITED (9) Referenced literature

Questions? Contact: WildlifePlanCmnts@pa.gov

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Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission Wildlife Action Plan website

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