Pennsylvania’s Wildlife Action Plan

The 2005 State Wildlife Action Plan is being updated and we want your help!

Pennsylvania's natural resources are the foundation of its beauty and cultural heritage and, just like the environmental rights section of the state constitution, the State Wildlife Action Plan helps ensure these resources remain available for future generations. This proactive plan works to keep species from becoming threatened or endangered. This approach helps to reduce the costs of fish and wildlife management by decreasing expensive recoveries of species in need of critical care.

The Game Commission and Fish & Boat Commission presently are revising this important blueprint for conservation action to help ensure it reflects the current needs and priorities for species of greatest conservation need and their habitats. The revised plan is due to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by October 1, 2015. The State Wildlife Action Plan must be revised no less than every 10 years and is required for states to receive State & Tribal Wildlife Grants Program funding.

We want to hear from you!

We welcome and encourage public comment on draft sections of this plan using the comment form provided by clicking the links below. Comments must be received by 30 September 2014. In early 2015, a completed draft of the entire State Wildlife Action Plan will be posted for public review and comment. Please note that we will not be providing individual responses to comments. However, we will review each comment and address the concern, as appropriate, in the revised plan. A summary of comments will be included in the completed draft plan, but names of individuals providing comments will not be included.

We greatly appreciate your interest in this vital effort to protect Pennsylvania's natural heritage for future generations.

Documents for Public Comment

Early activities of the State Wildlife Action Plan revision committees focused on review of foundational features in the 2005 State Wildlife Action Plan. The State Wildlife Action Plan Steering Committee, Advisory Committee and agency staff have contributed to the revision of the Vision, Guiding Principles, Purpose and Goals for the 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan, as provided below. The Steering Committee approved the recommended changes on 16 January 2014 and we are now seeking public comment.

Questions?
Contact: Cathy Haffner, Wildlife Diversity Conservation Planning Coordinator, chaffner@pa.gov.

Since its approval in 2006 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan has been a foundational document for guiding research and management of fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth. Without it, many species wouldn't be getting the management attention they need.


2005 Wildlife Action Plan
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Habitat Assessment
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